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Court opinions issued Sept. 21, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Gabrion v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (S.D. Ind.) -- holding that the Federal Bureau of Prisons properly relied on Exemptions 6, 7(C), 7(E), and 7(F) to withhold certain records concerning plaintiff, a death row inmate who sought records concerning his prison custody. 

Isiwele v. U.S. Dep't of Health & Human Servs. (D.D.C.) -- ruling that: (1) the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services conducted an adequate search for records concerning certain Medicare claims and that the agency properly withheld certain records pursuant to Exemption 6 & 7(C); and (2) the Executive Office for United States Attorneys performed a reasonable search for personnel records of certain employees and that the agency properly withheld those records pursuant to Exemption 6.

Lewis v. Dep't of the Army (S.D. Ga.) -- dismissing claim for injunctive relief because plaintiff received all requested documents; dismissing claim for $1 million damages because FOIA does not permit monetary awards; and dismissing request for the appointment of Special Counsel because none of the statutory requirements were met (5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(F)(i)).

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.