FOIA Advisor


Court opinions issued June 29-July 1, 2016

Allan BlutsteinComment

July 1, 2016

Platsky v. Nat'l Sec. Agency (S.D.N.Y.) -- finding that the FBI, NSA, and CIA properly refused to confirm or deny the existence of certain records concerning plaintiff.   

June 30, 2016

Solers, Inc. v. Internal Revenue Serv. (4th Cir.) -- affirming district court's decision that IRS properly withheld six types of records pursuant to Exemption 3 (26 U.S.C. § 6103), Exemption 5 (deliberative process privilege), and Exemptions 6 and 7(C).

Harper v. EEOC (W.D. Tenn.) -- adopting magistrate's recommendation to grant summary judgment to government, which had redacted certain information from requested documents pursuant to Exemption 5. 

June 29, 2016

Renewal Servs. v. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (S.D. Cal.) -- dismissing plaintiff's suit because the requested records were publicly available and indexed on agency electronic system, notwithstanding plaintiff's claim that agency's electronic system had an " excessively onerous method for extracting information."

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.