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SPM Attorneys to Present a CLE on a Recent Supreme Court Decision Involving the Freedom of Information Act, Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media

On October 1, 2019, Thompson Reuters’ West LegalEd Center will broadcast a webinar featuring Smith Pachter McWhorter attorneys Edmund M. Amorosi and Daniel H. Ramish in which they will discuss an important Supreme Court decision affecting government contractors.  In Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media issued on June 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court changed the landscape for determining whether information submitted by contractors is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.  The Supreme Court discarded the "substantial competitive harm" test first announced in 1974, holding that "[a]t least where commercial or financial information is both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner and provided to the government under an assurance of privacy, the information is 'confidential' within the meaning of Exemption 4."  The live webinar will update attorneys on the Supreme Court's opinion and provide analysis and suggested approaches to respond to the changes in the law.  Details on the webinar are available here.