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Court opinions issued Oct. 30, 2015

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Dean v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C.) -- determining that Drug Enforcement Administration performed an adequate search for a "cooperating individual agreement" that was used to prosecute plaintiff in 1991; noting that DEA was not required to "undertake 'fruitless' inquiries" to former employees of Department of Justice or Department of Homeland Security.    

Springer v. U.S. Attorney for the N. Dist. of Okla. (N.D. Okla.) -- granting government's summary judgment after finding that Executive Office for United States Attorneys had provided plaintiff with all non-exempt records and performed a reasonable search.

Electric Frontier Found. v. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C., 2015) -- ruling that an opinion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was exempt from disclosure under Exemptions 1 and 3 because the opinion was properly classified and because its disclosure was prohibited by 50 U.S.C. §§ 3605, 3024(i)(1).  The court rejected the government's argument that plaintiff's action was barred by collateral estoppel; it further rejected plaintiff's argument that the government had waived its right to withhold the requested record.    

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.