This is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of a local journalist, Philip Eil, who for years has been stymied in his effort to obtain access to public evidence from a major prescription drug-dealing trial. The lawsuit, against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), seeks a court order to release the documents and a declaration that the DEA has wrongfully withheld and redacted documents.  Current Status: In September 2016, Judge McConnell ruled in Eil's favor and ordered the documents released.  In December 2017, the First Circuit Appeals Court denied access to the documents.



Neal McNamara & Jessica Jewell

Date filed

March 18, 2015