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Court opinions issued July 6 & July 7, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

July 7, 2016

Shah v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (E.D. Ark.) -- finding that plaintiff failed to file administrative appeals in connection with three of his five requests to the Federal Bureau of Prisons and that the agency properly withheld certain information under Exemptions 6, 7(C), and 7(F).  

Atlasware, LLC v. Soc. Sec. Admin. (W.D. Ark.) -- dismissing lawsuit because plaintiff's attorney failed to identify his client in the request or administrative appeal.  In dicta, the court rejected plaintiff's argument that agency's cloud computing made venue proper under 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(B).    

July 6, 2016

Freedom Watch, Inc. v. Nat'l Sec. Agency (D.D.C.) --  determining that the CIA and Department of Defense conducted adequate searches regarding a military helicopter shot down in Afghanistan, that they properly withheld certain information pursuant to Exemptions 1, 3, 5, and 6, and that they released all non-exempt, reasonably segregable information. 

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.