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Judicial Watch v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 7/11/12

Judicial Watch v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 7/11/12

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Case1:12-cv-01114Document1Filed07/06/12Page1of6
INTHEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHEDISTRICTOFCOLUMBIAJUDICIALWATCH,INC.425ThirdStreet,SW,Suite800Washington,D.C.20024,
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Plaintiff,
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ConstitutionAve,NWWashington,DC20551,andFEDERALOPENMARKETCOMMITTEE,
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andCStreet,NWWashington,DC20551Defendants.CivilActionNo.COMPLAINTPlaintiffJudicialWatch,Inc.bringsthisactionagainstDefendantsBoardofGovernorsoftheFederalReserveSystem("BoardofGovernors")andtheFederalOpenMarketCommittee("FOMC")tocompelcompliancewiththeFreedomofInformationAct,5U.S.C.§552("FOIA").Asgroundstherefor,Plaintiffallegesasfollows:JURISDICTIONANDVENUE1.TheCourthasjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuantto5U.S.C.§552(a)(4)(B)and28U.S.C.§1331.2.Venueisproperinthisdistrictpursuantto28U.S.C.§1391(e).
 
Case1:12-cv-01114Document1Filed07/06/12Page2of6
PARTIES
3.PlaintiffJudicialWatch,Inc.("Plaintiff')isanon-profit,educationalfoundationorganizedunderthelawsoftheDistrictofColumbiaandhavingitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat425ThirdStreet,SW,Suite800,Washington,DC20024.Plaintiffseekstopromoteintegrity,transparency,andaccountabilityingovernmentandfidelitytotheruleoflaw.Infurtheranceofitspublicinterestmission,Plaintiffregularlyrequestsaccesstothepublicrecordsoffederal,state,andlocalgovernmentagencies,entities,andoffices,anddisseminatesitsfindingstothepublic.4.DefendantBoardofGovernorsisanagencyoftheu.S.Governmentandisheadquarteredat20
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andConstitutionAvenue,NW,WashingtonDC.DefendantBoardofGovernorshaspossession,custody,andcontrolofcertainpublicrecordstowhichPlaintiffseeksaccess.5.DefendantFOMCisanagencyoftheU.S.Governmentandisheadquarteredat
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andCStreet,NW,Washington,DC.DefendantFOMChaspossession,custody,andcontrolofcertainpublicrecordstowhichPlaintiffseeksaccess.
STATEMENTOFFACTS
6.OnJanuary3,2012,PlaintiffsubmittedaFOIArequesttoBoardofGovernorsandaFOIArequesttoFOMC,byfacsimileandcertifiedmail,seekingaccesstothefollowingpublicrecords:i.Anyandallcommunicationsbetween(a)theBoardofGovernorsoftheFederalReserveSystem("BoardofGovernors"),theFederalOpenMarketCommittee("FOMC")ortheFederalReserveBankofNewYork("FRBNY")and(b)theEuropeanCentralBank("ECB")aboutextendingtheU.S.Dollar-EuroSwapAgreementdatedasofMay10,2010,asamendedasofDecember21,2010andasofJuly12,2011,betweentheFRBNY,actingatthedirectionoftheFOMC,andtheECB("theSwap2
 
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Agreement").ThetimeframeofthisrequestisfromSeptember1,2011throughDecember5,2011.ii.Anyandallrecordsidentifying,describing,orsettingforththereasonsorjustificationfortheFOMC'sNovember30,2011decisionauthorizinganextensionoftheSwapAgreementthroughFebruary1,2013.iii.AnyrequestfromtheECBtoinitiateaswaptransactionunderthetermsoftheSwapAgreement.ThetimeframeofthisrequestisfromDecember5,2011throughDecember31,20II.iv.AnyresponsefromtheBoardofGovernors,FOMC,ortheFRBNYtoarequestbytheECBtoinitiateaswaptransactionunderthetermsoftheSwapAgreement.ThetimeframeofthisrequestisfromDecember5,20IIthroughDecember31,20II.v.ForeachswaptransactionenteredintobetweentheFRBNYandtheECBbetweenDecember5,2011andDecember31,2011,provideallrecordsshowing:(a)thetenorofthetransaction;(b)thetradedate;(c)thesettlementdate;(d)thematuritydate;(e)theamountextended;
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theinterestrate;(g)theexchangerate;and(h)theamountofforeigncurrencyreceived.vi.Anyandallrecordsidentifying,describing,orsettingforththeidentityofanybankorfinancialinstitutionandthecollateralofferedbythebankorfinancialinstitution.ThetimeframeofthisrequestisfromDecember5,2011throughDecember31,2011.7.ByletterdatedJanuary5,2012,DefendantBoardofGovernorsacknowledgedreceiptofPlaintiffsrequestonJanuary3,2012andnotifiedPlaintiffthatithadassignedtherequesttrackingnumberF-2012-00163.Sincethattime,DefendantBoardofGovernorshasprovidednofurtherinformationaboutthestatusofitsresponsetoPlaintiffsrequest.8.ByletterdatedJanuary12,2012,DefendantFOMCacknowledgedreceiptofPlaintiffsrequestonJanuary3,2012andnotifiedPlaintiffthatithadassignedtherequesttrackingnumber2012-004.9.ByletterdatedFebruary1,2012,DefendantFOMCprovidedapartialresponsetoPlaintiffsrequest.DefendantFOMe'sletteralsostatedthatDefendantFOMChadidentified3

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