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Court opinions issued Sept. 6, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Hiken v. Dep't of Def. (9th Cir.) -- vacating the district court's fee award after finding that the court failed to consider plaintiff's submission of evidence concerning the prevailing hourly attorney's rates from 2006 to 2008.  A dissenting panelist opined that the plaintiff's notice of appeal failed to actually dispute the fee award and that the district court acted within its discretion in calculating the amount.  

Marino v. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C.) -- determining that multiple DOJ components conducted adequate searches in response to pro se prisoner's requests and that the government properly withheld certain records pursuant to Exemption 5, 6, 7(C), 7(D), and 7(F). 

Nat'l Sec. Counselors v. Cent. Intelligence Agency (D.D.C.) -- granting summary judgment to six intelligence agencies   on three claims that remained from dozens of claims brought by plaintiff in connection with its numerous FOIA requests.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.