FOIA Advisor

Court opinions issued Aug. 10. 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Va.-Pilot Media Cos. v. Dep't of Justice (E.D. Va.) -- awarding plaintiff $100,000 in attorneys' fees and costs, reducing the requested amount by $27,857.50 for excessive time spent on the fee petition, unreasonably hourly rates for certain support staff, and time spent on administrative proceedings.  

McAtee v. U.S. Dep't of Homeland Sec. (D. Mont.) -- deciding that the Executive Office of United States Attorneys properly withheld various grand jury information pursuant to Exemption 3.

Pinson v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C.) -- concluding that the Bureau of Prisons properly relied upon Exemptions 7(E) and 7(F) to withheld in full records about third-party inmates even though they had signed release authorizations; further finding that BOP failed to adequately search for public comments to certain proposed agency regulations, but that it adequately searched for records responsive to plaintiff's remaining requests.  

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here