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Court opinions issued July 27 & 28, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

June 28, 2016

Bayala v. U.S. Dep't of Homeland Sec. (D.C. Cir.) -- reversing district court's decision that plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies, because the agency decision that plaintiff did not administratively appeal before filing suit was abandoned in part and modified in part by the agency in litigation. 

Wilson v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C.) -- finding that the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys properly relied upon Exemption 7(C) to protect third-party information in plaintiff's criminal case file, but declining to grant summary judgment because EOUSA's declaration failed to establish that a reasonable search had been performed.

June 27, 2016

Reedom v. Soc. Sec. Admin. (D.D.C.) -- dismissing suit against three agencies because plaintiff failed to submit proper authorization forms, failed to pay fees, failed to reasonably describe records sought, failed to submit administrative appeals, or failed to wait 20 days for appeal response before filing suit.   

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.