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Court opinions issued Mar. 29, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Weikamp v. U.S. Dep't of the Navy (N.D. Ohio) -- denying request for costs and attorney's fees after determining that agency's withholding of contract-related  information was not unreasonable and that other entitlement factors were neutral. 

Justice v. Mine Safety & Health Admin. (S.D. W. Va.) -- ruling that the agency properly relied upon Exemptions 5 and 7(C) to redact information from employee interviews concerning plaintiff's administrative complaint.     

Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep't of State (D.D.C.) -- granting limited discovery regarding the adequacy of the Department of State's search for requested records concerning Ambassador Rice's talking points on Benghazi attack. 

Envtl. Integrity Project v. U.S. Envtl. Prot. Agency (D.D.C.) -- holding that Exemption 4 protected data submitted by businesses to help the agency to draft regulations and that the Clean Water Act did not displace the provisions of the FOIA. 

Pinson v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C.) -- determining that the FBI properly withheld certain information responsive to plaintiff's nearly three dozen requests pursuant to Exemptions 3, 6, 7(A), 7(C), 7(D), and 7(E), but declining to dismiss certain claims after finding that plaintiff might not have received mail sent by the agency.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here