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FOIA Activity: 31 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff on April 6th, 2017

We have added 31 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between March 26, 2017 and April 1, 2017. These are associated with 29 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

Click on the date to view the full text of the decision. Click on a case title below to view other details for that case, including links to the docket report and complaint.

  1. CAE 2:2016cv02907(PS) Glass v. US Department of Justice et al
    • March 28, 2017: ORDER signed by District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 3/27/2017 DENYING [4] Motion for Reconsideration. (Washington, S)
  2. CAN 3:2006cv00185Pickard v. Department of Justice
    • March 31, 2017: ORDER by Judge Charles R. Breyer denying [275] Motion for Reconsideration. (crblc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/31/2017)
  3. CAS 3:2016cv01310Harrison v. Executive Office for United States Attorneys
    • March 30, 2017: ORDER Denying Defendant's [11] Motion for Summary Judgment. It is ordered that defendant shall file a renewed motion for summary judgment, if any, on or before thirty (30) days from the date on which this Order is electronically docketed. Signed by Judge Janis L. Sammartino on 3/30/2017. (All non-registered users served via U.S. Mail Service)(dxj)
  4. DC 1:1995cv02175MARIN v. DOD, et al
    • March 29, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER denying [185] plaintiff's motion to reopen this case and denying [185] plaintiff's motion for relief from judgment. Signed by Judge Paul L. Friedman on March 29, 2017. (MA)
  5. DC 1:2003cv02545MORLEY v. UNITED STATES CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
    • March 29, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 03/29/17. (tb)
  6. DC 1:2010cv00650DEBREW v. ATWOOD et al
    • March 27, 2017: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION. Signed by Judge John D. Bates on 3/27/17. (ms)
  7. DC 1:2012cv01872PINSON v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    • March 27, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION denying [316] Plaintiff's Motion to Vacate Order. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 3/27/2017. (lcrc2)
    • March 29, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION granting in part and denying in part [300] Defendants' Second Motion for Summary Judgment. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 3/29/2017. (lcrc2)
    • March 30, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION denying [287] Defendants' motion to dismiss; granting in part and denying in part [287] Defendants' motion for summary judgment; denying [310] , construed as a motion to amend the complaint; denying as premature [317] Plaintiff's supplemental motion for discovery; and appointing pro bono counsel. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 3/30/2017. (lcrc1)
  8. DC 1:2014cv00007BAYALA v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    • March 30, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION denying [28] Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, granting in part and denying in part [36] Defendant's motion to dismiss, granting [38] Plaintiff's motion to strike, granting [42] Plaintiff's motion for leave to file supplemental memorandum, and ordering in camera review. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 3/30/2017. (lcrc1)
  9. DC 1:2014cv00019SHAPIRO v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
    • March 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION re [65] the FBI's Motion to Dismiss, or in the alternative, for Summary Judgment and [70] Plaintiff's Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 3/31/2017. (lccrc2)
  10. DC 1:2014cv00229BORDA v. EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
    • March 28, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION: The Court will GRANT in part and DENY in part the Department's renewed motion for summary judgment, Dkt. [28] See attached document for details. A separate Order [38] will issue. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 3/28/2017. (lcrdm1, )
  11. DC 1:2014cv01264100REPORTERS LLC v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    • March 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION granting in part and denying in part [57] Defendant-Intervenor Theo Waigel's Motion for Summary Judgment; granting in part and denying in part [58] Defendant-Intervenor Siemens Aktiengesellschaft's Motion for Summary Judgment; granting in part and denying in part [59] Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment; and denying [62] Plaintiff's Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 3/31/2017. (lcrc3)
  12. DC 1:2014cv01742PASSMORE v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
    • March 28, 2017: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 3/28/17. (ms)
  13. DC 1:2014cv01866PATINO-RESTREPO v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
    • March 30, 2017: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION re [18] Defendants' motion for summary judgment. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 3/30/2017. (lctsc3)
  14. DC 1:2015cv00224SMITH v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
    • March 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION re [17] Defendant's motion for summary judgment and [19] Plaintiff's motion to amend. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 3/31/2017. (lctsc3)
  15. DC 1:2015cv00907TUSHNET v. UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT
    • March 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION re [25] Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and [27] Plaintiff's Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 3/31/2017. (lccrc2)
  16. DC 1:2015cv01203HUNTON & WILLIAMS LLP v. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
    • March 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION granting in part and denying in part [40] EPA's motion for summary judgment, granting in part and denying in part [52] Corps' motion for summary judgment, granting in part and denying in part [36] Army's motion for s ummary judgment, granting in part and denying in part [50] Plaintiff's motion for order governing further proceedings concerning the EPA, granting in part and denying in part [56] Plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment concerning the Corps, granting in part and denying in part [46] Plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment concerning the Army, and ordering in camera review. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 3/31/2017. (lcrc1)
  17. DC 1:2015cv01431SMITH v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
    • March 30, 2017: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION re Defendant's motion for summary judgment. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 3/30/2017. (lctsc3)
  18. DC 1:2015cv01445KING v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    • March 28, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: Defendants' motion for summary judgment [26] is hereby GRANTED in part and DENIED in part without prejudice. See opinion for details. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 3/28/2017. (lcrdm2, )
  19. DC 1:2015cv01514THOMAS v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    • March 28, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER denying without prejudice Defendant's [17] Motion for Summary Judgment. See the attached Memorandum Opinion and Order for additional details. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 03/28/2017. (lcapm1)
  20. DC 1:2015cv01776JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
    • March 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION. Signed by Judge Rosemary M. Collyer on 3/31/2017. (lcrmc1)
  21. DC 1:2016cv00360JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE et al
    • March 28, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on March 28, 2017. (lcrbw2)
  22. ID 1:2015cv00493Bettwieser v. Gans et al
    • March 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER. NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the report and Recommendation entered on February 1, 2017 is ADOPTED IN PART AND REJECTED IN PART. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendants' Motion to Dismiss [22] is GRANTED and Plaintiffs Complaint is dismissed in its entirety. Signed by Judge Edward J. Lodge. (caused to be mailed to non Registered Participants at the addresses listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) by (st)
  23. KYE 5:2015cv00351Davidson et al v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
    • March 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER: 1) [32] MOTION to Strike is DENIED. 2) [20] MOTION to Dismiss is GRANTED. 3) [1] Complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE w respect to all matters asserted therein. 4) [46] Motion to Amend is DENIED. 5) Court will enter judgment. 6) This matter is STRICKEN from the active docket of the Court. Signed by Judge Joseph M. Hood on 3/31/2017.(SCD)cc: COR,Pro Se Plas(via US Mail)
  24. NV 2:2016cv00403Basin and Range Watch v. Bureau Of Land Management et al
    • March 31, 2017: ORDER Granting [56] Motion to Extend Time re [43] Motion for Attorney Fess. (Responses due by 4/14/2017., Replies due by 5/17/2017.) Signed by Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen on 3/31/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF – ADR)
  25. NV 2:2016cv00906Janangelo v. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
    • March 29, 2017: ORDER that [12] defendant TIGTA's Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED. FURTHER ORDERED that [14] plaintiff Janangelo's Motion for Summary Judgment is DENIED. FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff Janangelo's complaint (ECF No. [1] ) be, and the same hereby is, DISMISSED with prejudice. The clerk is instructed to enter judgment accordingly and close the case. Signed by Judge James C. Mahan on 3/29/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF – MMM)
  26. NYS 1:2012cv03461Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project v. United States Department of Homeland Security
    • March 27, 2017: MEMORANDUM AND ORDER denying [52] Motion for Summary Judgment; granting [62] Motion for Summary Judgment. For the reasons explained, the defendant's motion for summary judgment is GRANTED and the plaintiff's motion is DENIED. The Clerk is directed to terminate the motions (Docket # 52, 62) and enter judgment for the defendant. (As further set forth in this Order.) (Signed by Judge P. Kevin Castel on 3/27/2017) (cf)
  27. NYS 1:2013cv09198American Civil Liberties Union et al v. National Secuirty Agency et al
    • March 27, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: The parties each move for partial summary judgment on the adequacy of certain agencies' searches and the applicability of certain FOIA exemptions to 150 responsive documents that were partially or fully withheld b y Defendants. (As further set forth in this Order.) For the reasons stated above, Defendants' motion is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part, and Plaintiffs' motion is DENIED without prejudice. The parties are directed to confer and jointly submit a proposed briefing schedule on any further motions on or before April 26, 2017. The Clerk of Court is directed to terminate the motions at ECF Nos. 58 and 69. (Signed by Judge Kimba M. Wood on 3/27/2017) (cf)
  28. SC 3:2015cv00194Congaree Riverkeeper Inc v. Carolina Water Service Inc
    • March 30, 2017: ORDER AND OPINION granting 57 Motion for Summary Judgment; denying 58 Motion for Summary Judgment. The court fines the Defendant $1,500,000.00 for failure to connect to the regional system and $23,000.00 for viola tion of the effluent limitations, totaling $1,523,000.00. Effective April 1, 2018, Defendant Carolina Water Services, Inc. is permanently enjoined and restrained from discharging any treated or untreated waste water into the Saluda River and must connect to a regional waste water treatment plant in accordance with the 208 Plan. Signed by Honorable Margaret B Seymour on 3/29/2017.(mdea )
  29. WVS 2:2014cv14438Justice v. Mine Safety and Health Administration
    • March 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER denying Plaintiff's [45] PETITION for Attorney Fees. Signed by Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. on 3/31/2017. (cc: attys; any unrepresented party) (tmr)

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