FOIA Advisor

Court opinions issued Feb. 16 & 17, 2017

FOIA News (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Feb. 17, 2017

Pinson v. DOJ (D.D.C.) -- ruling that DOJ: (1) performed adequate searches in response to seven of eleven FOIA requests; (2) failed to prove the applicability of deliberative process privilege to After-Action Reports; (3) failed to prove that Exemption 6 categorically applied to all names, addresses, and case numbers concerning Federal Bureau of Prison litigation settlements; and (4) properly withheld only certain information for which it invoked Exemptions 7(C) and/or 7(F).   

Feb. 16, 2017

Pulliam v. EPA (D.D.C.) -- determining that: (1) EPA, DOJ, and DOD failed to perform adequate searches for records related to an investigation into toxic contamination occurring at former Army base; (2) DOD properly invoked Exemption 6 to redact names, email addresses, and phone numbers of junior personnel.

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