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Court opinion issued Apr. 9, 2019

Court Opinions (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Wolk Law Firm v. NTSB (E.D. Pa.) -- concluding that: (1) cell phone video of airplane cockpit was protected by Exemption 3 in conjunction with 49 U.S.C. § 1114(c)(1); (2) agency was required to produce documents concerning the chain-of-custody of airplane wreckage; (3) agency properly withheld records pursuant to Exemptions 2, 4, 5, and 6.

Jordan v. DOL (W.D. Mo.) -- denying plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration after finding that the agency disclosed to plaintiff the “very documents he sought in one of the formats he sought.”

Rogers v. EOUSA (D.D.C.) -- ruling that plaintiff’s civil forfeiture settlement agreement with IRS barred FOIA plaintiff’s request to Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys for related records, declining to extend D.C. Circuit’s 2017 holding regarding validity of FOIA waivers set forth in criminal plea agreements.

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