FOIA Advisor

Court opinions issued Sept. 2, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Fund v. U.S. Food & Drug Admin. (9th Cir.) (en banc) -- adopting a de novo standard of review for summary judgment decisions in FOIA cases and remanding the case for resolution of merits.  

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Davidson v. U.S. Dep't of State (D.D.C.) -- determining that (1) agency failed to demonstrate the adequacy of its search for documents; (2) agency's Vaughn Index failed to account for all withholdings; and (3) agency properly withheld records pursuant to Exemptions 5 and 6. 

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.