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Court opinions issued Jan. 21, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Morley v. Cent. Intelligence Agency (D.C. Cir.) -- vacating for a second time the district court's decision that appellant was not entitled to an attorney's fee award with respect to his request for records about CIA officer George E. Joannides.  In rejecting the district court's analysis, the D.C. Circuit clarified that "the public-benefit factor requires an ex ante assessment of the potential public value of the information requested, with little or no regard to whether any documents supplied prove to advance the public interest." 

Al Azzawi v. Dep't of the Army (E.D. Cal.) -- recommendation from magistrate judge to dismiss case because plaintiff failed to submit an administrative appeal to the agency.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.