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Court opinions issued Feb. 5, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Conservation Force v. Jewell (D.D.C.) -- ruling that plaintiff was ineligible for attorneys' fees because it did not obtain court-ordered relief on the merits of its FOIA claims or receive relief from the agency that it would not have obtained but for the lawsuit.  In reaching its decision, the court held that ordering an agency to prepare a Vaughn Index does not constitute judicial relief.    

Bloomgarden v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C.) -- determining that the Executive Office for United States Attorneys properly relied on Exemption 6 (but not Exemption 7(C)) to withhold disciplinary records concerning the Assistant United States Attorney who had been removed from plaintiff's criminal case in 1995.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.