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National Student Legal Defense Network v. U.S. Department of Education

NSLDN filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education seeking all communications between the Department and student loan servicers regarding preemption. NSLDN is working with the group American Oversight in litigating this case, which remains ongoing.

The lawsuit seeks the release of emails between senior Trump administration officials and companies that service federal student loans. The first FOIA request sought communications between ED officials and student loan servicers, including correspondence containing the words “preempt” or “preemption,” or mention of the March 2018 notice. The second FOIA request targeted communications between ED and representatives of the Student Loan Servicing Alliance, a trade group that represents the interests of the loan servicing industry. That FOIA request also focused on communications that mentioned “preempt,” “preemption,” or the notice.