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Court opinions issued Sept. 21 & Sept. 22, 2017

Court Opinions (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Sept. 22, 2017

Cable News Network v. FBI (D.D.C.) -- ruling that plaintiff's request for records "relating in any way" to memos issued by former FBI Director James Comey was not reasonably described.   

Sept. 21, 2017

Taylor Energy v. U.S. Dep't of the Interior (D.D.C.) -- concluding that: (1) Department performed reasonable search for records underlying statements it issued about 2004 incident at plaintiff's oil platform in Gulf of Mexico; (2) Department properly relied upon deliberative process and attorney-client privileges to withhold five disputed documents.

MacLeod v. DHS (D.D.C.) -- determining that: (1) DHS demonstrated that it did not maintain records concerning plaintiff's application for "diplomatic status" card; (2) plaintiff failed to appeal CIA's Glomar response regarding himself, and his request concerning "Russia" and the "Cold War" was not reasonably described; and (3) National Security Administration and the General Services Administration demonstrated that it never received requests from plaintiff.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here