Supreme Court Protects Small Business Confidentiality in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media Decision 

Date: June 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2019) – NFIB commends the United States Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media today. NFIB filed an amicus brief in this case, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court should protect confidential information.

“Small business owners expect privacy when it comes to their confidential information and the Supreme Court’s decision today reaffirms just that,” said Karen Harned, Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center. “The Court issued a critical decision that overturns a lower court ruling which put small businesses’ proprietary information at risk. This is an important one for our members and we applaud the Court for acting swiftly and securing this safeguard for small businesses.”

Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media primarily concerns the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which allows journalists and other interested members of the public to request documents from the federal government. In this case, the Supreme Court made a decision on whether and when federal agencies may deny a FOIA request for information collected on businesses.

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center protects the rights of small business owners in the nation’s courts. NFIB is currently active in more than 40 cases in federal and state courts across the country and in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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