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Court opinions issued Aug. 12, 2019

Court Opinions (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Animal Legal Def. Fund v. USDA (9th Cir., 2019) -- affirming decision that district court had jurisdiction over plaintiff’s claim that USDA had policy or practice of denying plaintiff’s requests for expedited processing, and also affirming district court’s decision that threats to safety of animals do not fall within statute’s expedited processing provision -- nor, in dicta, within Exemption 7(F).

Cable New Network v. FBI (D.D.C.) -- denying FBI’s motion to reconsider prior opinion granting access to FBI declaration, rejecting argument that FBI had “effectively” invoked Exemption 3 despite never mentioning it in briefs or declarations.

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