Argus Leader Media v. USDA, No. 12-3765 (8th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Argus filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552 et seq., seeking information regarding how much money individual retailers received from taxpayers each year through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). On appeal, Argus challenged the district court's grant of summary judgment to the USDA. The district court found that the spending information was exempt from disclosure and granted the USDA's motion. The court reversed, concluding that the statutory text plainly precluded the USDA from shielding the spending information under Exemption 3.