Vizio Inc. (FOIA request)

Eriq Gardner filed this request with the Federal Trade Commission of the United States of America.


From: Eriq Gardner

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

—All investigative records concerning Vizio, Inc. and Vizio Inscape Services, LLC, located at 38 Tesla, Irvine, CA 92618, from January 1, 2014, to the present.
—All emails, memorandum, opinion letters, and communications mentioning Vizio, Inc. and Vizio Inscape Services, LLC, from January 1, 2014, to the present.
—All records, documents, or communications related or pertaining to Vizio, Inc. and Vizio Inscape Services, LLC, the 2014-2017 investigation into the company, and/or the 2017 settlement thereof, as described at, from January 1, 2014, to the present.
If you need to discuss this request, I can be reached at 212-493-4267.
I request that I not be charged search or review fees because I qualify as a representative of the news media, pursuant to FOIA and the applicable federal regulations. I am a senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, where I write daily about legal and regulatory matters. Additionally, I have written for Bloomberg, Slate, New York Magazine, and other publications.
At 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii), the FOIA describes “a representative of the news media” as “any person or entity that gathers information of potential interest to a segment of the public, uses its editorial skills to turn the raw materials into a distinct work, and distributes that work to an audience.” In writing about legal and regulatory issues for the general public, I provide extensive commentary on governmental "raw materials."

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.


Eriq Gardner

From: Federal Trade Commission


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

Federal Trade Commission

From: Federal Trade Commission

Dear Mr. Gardner:

This e-mail acknowledges the receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated June 7, 2018 seeking documents regarding:

* Vizio from January 1, 2014 to the Present

You may check the status of your FOIA request by visiting<> ftc/foia/foia-reading-rooms/track-your-foia-request<>. This report is updated at the end of each month. If you should have any questions regarding your request, please contact me at 202- 326-2965. In any call or future correspondence concerning the request, please refer to the following case number FOIA-2018-01013.

Edison Thompson
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580
(202) 326-2965 (T)

From: Federal Trade Commission

Mr. Gardner,

I expect to complete my review and processing of FOIA-2018-01013 by next week.

From: Eriq Gardner

I am following up on a FOIA request made on June 7, 2018.
The records request pertained to records concerning Vizio, Inc. and Vizio Inscape Services.
I got a message from your office on July 27 that stated, "I expect to complete my review and processing of FOIA-2018-01013 by next week."
However, I have not heard anything further. Please let me know if I can expect something soon.
Thank you,
Eriq Gardner
Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

From: Federal Trade Commission

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Federal Trade Commission

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Mr. Gardner,

Attached please find documents related to FOIA# 2018-01013.

Please contact Edison Thompson for any questions.

D.A. Latimer

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2018-01013 Final Response.pdf ,756.56 KB ,63.02 MB
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From: Muckrock Staff

Hello Mr. Latimer,

Could you please confirm that the only two documents provided were the two PDFs, one labeled "Edison Thompson" and the other labeled "2018-01013 Final Response"?

Thank you very much for your time and help.