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FOIA Activity: 9 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff on August 10th, 2017

We have added 9 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between July 30, 2017 and August 5, 2017. These are associated with 9 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. CAN 3:2017cv00949Animal Legal Defense Fund et al v. United States Department of Agriculture et al
    • August 1, 2017: ORDER granting [33] STIPULATION. Case Management Conference continued to 9/12/2017 02:00 PM in Courtroom 2, 17th Floor, San Francisco. Case Management Statement due by 9/5/2017. Signed by Judge William H. Orrick on 08/01/2017. (jmdS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/1/2017)
  2. CAN 3:2017cv01587Frost v. Wilkinson
    • August 3, 2017: ORDER DISMISSING CASE. Because the plaintiff has not amended his complaint by the deadline, the court dismisses this case. This dismissal is without leave to amend. With respect to Mr. Wilkinson, the plaintiff's FOIA claim is dismissed with p rejudice. The dismissal is otherwise without prejudice. Which is to say, apart from Mr. Wilkinson's status as an improper party, the court does not finally dispose of the plaintiff's FOIA claims on the merits. The clerk of court will close this file. Signed by Judge Laurel Beeler on 8/3/2017. (lblc3S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/3/2017)
  3. DC 1:2004cv00814HALL et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
    • August 3, 2017: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION re Order [290] granting in part and denying and part Motion [248] for Summary Judgment, Motion [258] for Summary Judgment and Motion [259] for Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 8/2/17. (lsj)
    • July 31, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER denying [35] Defendant's Motion to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment; directing Defendant to propose a schedule by August 9, 2017 (see document for details). Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 7/31/17.(ah)
    • August 4, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION granting [19] Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion to Amend Complaint; denying [16] Plaintiff's Corrected Motion for Summary Judgment; granting in part and denying in part [20] Defendant's Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment; denying [10] Plaintiff's First Motion for Sanctions Under Rule 11; denying [24] Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Depositions of Todd Smyth and Diane Johnson; denying [25] Plaintiff's Motion to Strike the Smyth Declaration; denying [29] Pla intiff's Motion to Compel Production of Evidence Regarding Smyth Declaration; denying [31] Plaintiff's Motion to Strike Prohibited Ex Parte Communication and Vacate October 26 Minute Order; denying [33] Plaintiff's Second Motion for Sanctions Under Rule 11; denying [36] Plaintiff's Motion Regarding the APA as Basis for Decisions. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 8/4/2017. (lcrc2)
  6. OHN 5:2016cv00837Sharkey v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • August 4, 2017: Memorandum Opinion: For the reasons stated herein, as well as those set forth in defendant's dispositive motion, defendant's motion for summary judgment is granted, and this case is dismissed. (Related Doc. Nos. [1] , [28] ). Judge Sara Lioi on 8/4/2017. (P,J)
  7. SD 4:2011cv04121Argus Leader Media v. United States Department of Agriculture
    • August 3, 2017: ORDER granting [129] Motion for Attorney Fees and Costs in the amount of $68,422.67, which will be due and owing if the underlying order on the FOIA matter is affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judgment will be entered at that time. Signed by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier on 8/3/17. (DJP)
  8. TXW 5:2016cv00972Eakin v. United States Department of Defense
    • August 2, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth. (ad)
  9. WAW 2:2015cv01818Lyall v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • August 4, 2017: ORDER granting plaintiff's [32] Motion for Extension of Time to Answer Motion for Summary Judgment; defendant's [29] Motion to Dismiss is renoted for 9/1/2017, signed by Judge Robert S. Lasnik. (PM)


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