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Court opinions issued Dec. 15, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Gahagan v. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Servs. (5th Cir.) -- affirming district court's decision that plaintiff was "eligible" but not "entitled" to attorney's fees; rejecting plaintiff's argument that eligibility-entitlement test had been superseded by statutory amendments in 2007.    

Cause of Action Inst. v. Eggleston (D.D.C.) -- rejecting plaintiff's claim that various agencies engaged in a "pattern and practice" of violating FOIA by delaying responses to consult with the Office of White Counsel.  As an initial matter, the court held that plaintiff's claim improperly relied upon requests made by other requesters, as well as requests submitted by plaintiff that did not involve White House consultation.  Further, the court observed that "delay alone, even repeated delay," is not actionable as a pattern-and-practice claim.  Lastly, the court found that plaintiff's allegation that its requests were delayed for unnecessary and illicit purposes was "conclusory" and "unsupported."

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.