FDA: Communications with Tauler Smith LLP

Anthony Roberts filed this request with the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Anthony Roberts

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I am seeking all communications, inclusive of emails, records of meetings, meeting notes, memorandums, interviews, and all other information exchanged, between the law firm of Tauler Smith, LLP and FDA. This request is specifically to include anyone representing them or their direct agents, and including but not limited to any email correspondence with an @taulersmith.com address, and specifically any of the following: Robert Tauler, Matthew J. Smith, Kenny Kupers, Gil Peles, Kevin Valsi, and Valerie Saryan.

This request is for said communications between January 1st, 2015 and October 31st, 2017.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


anthony roberts

From: Food and Drug Administration

Dear Anthony,

We need a subject matter or product you are referring to for the records you are looking for. Are they food records, drug records, device records, etc? We need the subject/product you are referring to.
As soon as we receive your reply, we can begin searching.

It would be MOST helpful if you included a phone no. on your requests so I could contact you with my questions.

Thank you!

From: Food and Drug Administration

This is the last request I have from you that we are still unclear about. What is the subject matter and product that Tauler Smith was involved with? Thank you!

From: Anthony Roberts

The subject for the Tauler Smith request is dietary supplements, prohormones, research chemicals, peptides (IGF, etc...), anabolic steroids, adulterated dietary supplements, mislabeled/misbranded dietary supplements, and dietary supplement companies.

All FOIA requests and replies that go through MuckRock are posted online (that's kind of our thing) and it's a non-starter for me to reply with my phone number - as it too would end up online.

From: Food and Drug Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Food and Drug Administration

Your request is pending in CFSAN. You may call them directly at 240-402-2120 or email michael.howard@fda.hhs.gov.

From: Food and Drug Administration

Dear Mr. Roberts,

This is in response to your January 23, 2018, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records pertaining to TAULER SMITH LLP - EMAILS, MEMOS, INTERVIEWS, ETC 1/15 TO 10/17.

The Center Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) conducted a search and did not locate any records responsive to your request. Therefore, we are closing our file on this case.

While we believe that an adequate search of appropriate files was conducted for the records you requested in CFSAN, you have the right to appeal this determination. By filing an appeal, you preserve your rights under FOIA and give the agency a chance to review and reconsider your request and the agency's decision. Your appeal must be mailed within 90 days from the date of this response, to: Agency Chief FOIA Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Room 729H, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201; e-mail FOIARequest@PSC.hhs.gov<mailto:FOIARequest@PSC.hhs.gov>. Please clearly mark both the envelope and your letter or e-mail "FDA Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

If you would like to discuss our response before filing an appeal to attempt to resolve your dispute without going through the appeals process, please contact Adriane.Paris@fda.hhs.gov<mailto:Adriane.Paris@fda.hhs.gov> or 301-348-1976. You may also contact the FDA FOIA Public Liaison for assistance at: Office of the Executive Secretariat, US Food & Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1050, Rockville, MD 20857, E-mail: FDAFOIA@fda.hhs.gov<mailto:FDAFOIA@fda.hhs.gov>.

If you are unable to resolve your FOIA dispute through our FOIA Public Liaison, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Federal FOIA Ombudsman's office, offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, MD 20740-6001; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769; e-mail at ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>.

Kimberly Jones


Adriane Paris
Government Information Specialist
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
Office of Regulations and Policy
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Tel: (301) 348-1976

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