FOIA Advisor

Court opinions issued June 27, 2018

Court Opinions (2018)Allan BlutsteinComment

LAF v. Dep't of Veterans Affairs (N.D. Ill.) -- holding that plaintiff adequately pled that agency has unlawful practice of processing first-party requests for veterans claims files solely under Privacy Act.

Am. Civil Liberties Union v. DOD (S.D.N.Y.) -- ruling that White House press secretary's public statements precluded CIA from refusing to confirm or deny existence of certain records concerning government raid in Yemen.  

Heffernan v. HHS (D.D.C.) -- determining that agency did not show that it performed reasonable searches for two of four categories of records concerning NIH's Department of Spiritual Ministry, and that agency adequately justified its use of Exemption 5 (deliberative process privilege) to withhold all disputed records except for draft press release.

Summaries of all published opinions issued since April 2015 available here.