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Court opinions issued Sept. 22, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Sept. 22, 2016

Wadelton v. Dep't of State (D.D.C.) -- granting government's renewed motion for summary judgment after concluding that the agency's supplemental searches were adequate and that its withholdings were proper under Exemption 5 (attorney work product and deliberative process privilege). 

The James Madison Proj. v. DOJ (D.D.C.) -- granting summary judgment to government on all but one count concerning requests for records about the book No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Biden Laden.  Of note, the court held that plaintiff's fax confirmation page was insufficient evidence to counter the U.S Navy's sworn declaration that it had never received plaintiff's request.  

Ford v. DOJ (D.D.C.) -- determining that the FBI and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys conducted reasonable searches for records concerning plaintiff's bank robbery conviction, and that the agencies properly withheld certain information under Exemptions 3, 7(C), 7(D), and 7(E).

Scholl v. Various Agencies of the Fed. Gov't (D.D.C.) -- dismissing suit because plaintiff had waived his right to obtain the requested records as a condition of two plea agreements. 

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.