South Beach Diet

Vikas Kumar filed this request with the Federal Trade Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # FOIA-2017-01224
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From: Vikas Kumar

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, § 552 et. seq.

Please provide me with the following:

1. Any complaints in the Consumer Sentinel Network about the South Beach Diet from January 1, 2016 to present.
2. Any correspondence between the Federal Trade Commission and the South Beach Diet from January 1, 2015 to present.

For records for which you assert confidential treatment, I request that the FOIA office provide me with an estimate regarding the number of pages and date range of the pages at issue. This information will help me assess whether I would like the FOIA office to proceed with confidential treatment processing.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify any denial or withholding by reference to specific FOIA exemptions. If you invoke certain exemptions, those exemptions should be narrowly construed. I also respectfully remind you that the FOIA obligated federal agencies to provide all “reasonably segregable” portions of all documents responsive to my request pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b) et. seq.

If you intend to acknowledge receipt of this request or give us a tracking number for this FOIA, please do so via the same means used to communicate this request to you.

Do not send paper mail or CDs to Muckrock in Massachusetts, even if such an address included in boilerplate below. Any paper mail should be sent should be sent to my Washington, DC address, included below. But again, I strongly prefer that a digital communication is sent instead of, or concurrently with, any paper mail.

As a representative of the news media, there should be no fees related to this request. In the event there are copying fees, please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically--by e-mail attachment, or if the response is too large, direct download link or mailed CD-ROM.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by telephone during normal business hours or by e-mail, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request. As FOIA requires, I look forward to your reply in 20 business days.

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,

Vikas Kumar
The Capitol Forum
1233 20th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036
vkumar@thecapitolforum.com
202-601-4195

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.

Sincerely,

Vikas Kumar

From: FOIA

Hello:

Thank you for your submission. The FTC will review your request.
Best regards,

Federal Trade Commission

From: Baker, Katie

Good afternoon,

This email is in regards to your FOIA request for South Beach Diet records. Please refer to the attached response.

Thank you,

Katie Baker
Attorney
Office of the General Counsel
The Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20580
(202) 326-2869

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