Anthony Summers settled a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit with the government in 2005. After the Open Government Act took effect, Summers sought an award of attorneys’ fees. Prior to passage of the Act, attorneys’ fees could only be awarded if there was a “judicially sanctioned change in the relationship of the parties.”
The court, however, concluded that the new law could not be applied retroactively to Summers’ 2005 settlement because doing so would expose the government to liability for suits that it might not have settled had it known it would be subject to paying attorneys’ fees.
See: Summers v. Department of Justice, 569 F.3d 500 (D.C. Cir. 2009).
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Summers v. Department of Justice
|Cite||569 F.3d 500 (D.C. Cir. 2009)|
|Level||Court of Appeals|