FOIA Advisor

Court opinions issued Feb. 28, 2018

FOIA News (2018)Allan BlutsteinComment

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Wash. (D.D.C.) -- dismissing suit seeking disclosure of "all existing and future . . . formal opinions" issued by the Office of Legal Counsel, because "at least some of the documents sought are to subject to FOIA Exemption 5."  

Muckrock v. CIA (D.D.C.) -- finding that:  (1) CIA has employed policy of categorically refusing to process plaintiff's requests for email records that do not specify "to and "from" recipients, time frame, and subject, and that agency's per se policy violates FOIA; and (2) agency conducted adequate search and properly invoked Exemption 3, in conjunction with National Security Act of 1947, to withhold disputed records in whole or in part.

Flores v. DOJ (2nd Cir.) -- summarily affirming district court's decision that agency performed adequate search.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here