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Court opinions issued Nov. 10, 2016

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Hoeller v. SSA (7th Cir.) -- affirming district court's decision to dismiss case because plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies at the time he filed suit. 

Earle v. DOJ (D.D.C.) -- dismissing suit because the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys demonstrated that the records requested -- specifically, a grand jury's "tax number" for a particular criminal case in the District of Columbia -- have never existed.

McCash v. CIA (N.D. Cal.) -- ruling that: (1) the NSA, CIA, and FBI performed reasonable searches for records concerning plaintiff; (2) the CIA and NSA properly refused to confirm or deny existence of classified records pursuant to Exemption 1; and (3) the FBI properly redacted third-party information pursuant to Exemptions 6 and 7(C), but failed to explain why any non-exempt, segregable portions of the withheld pages could not have been released.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.