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Court opinion issued Jan. 23. 2017

Court Opinions (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

W. Arms, Inc. v. United States (W.D. Wash.) -- deciding that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives: (1) violated FOIA by failing to produce records for 20 months; (2) performed a reasonable search for response records; (3) properly withheld certain firearms records pursuant to Exemption 3 (Consolidated Appropriations Acts, 2005-2012) and Exemption 5 (deliberative process privilege).  The court further found that plaintiff was eligible for attorney fees and costs as the prevailing party.

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