Rahim v Federal Bureau of Investigation, et al Historic Case

At a Glance

Current Status 

Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment was granted May 31, 2013.

Date Filed: 

November 16, 2011

Client 

New Orleans community organizer and Common Ground Relief founder Malik Rahim

Case Description 

Rahim v  FBI is a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on behalf of New Orleans community organizer and Common Ground Relief founder Malik Rahim. Common Ground Relief is a New Orleans relief organization that provided supplies and assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The lawsuit demands any records related to Common Ground co-founder Brandon Darby’s collaboration with the FBI during his involvement with Common Ground. Darby has presented himself as an FBI informant after infiltrating protest groups at the 2008 Republican National Convention. The lawsuit, filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, follows repeated unsuccessful requests by Mr. Rahim to have the FBI release documents detailing warrantless surveillance that he and other activists might have been subject to while working alongside Darby.

Rahim and his lawyers have filed this lawsuit to enforce the government's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act to provide information to the public about government conduct. The requested information will shed light on the FBI and other law enforcement activities in New Orleans during the tumultuous months and years following Hurricane Katrina.

Case Timeline

May 31, 2013
Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment is granted
May 31, 2013
Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment is granted
January 17, 2012
Defendants file their answer
January 17, 2012
Defendants file their answer
November 16, 2011
Plantiffs file their Complaint