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FOIA Activity: 7 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff on November 16th, 2017

We have added 7 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between November 5, 2017 and November 11, 2017. These are associated with 7 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.

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  1. DC 1:2013cv01961ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    • November 7, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION GRANTING in part and DENYING in part DOJs [26] Motion for Summary Judgment, DENYING without prejudice EPICs [37] Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment, and requiring supplemental submissions. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 11/7/2017. (lckbj1)
  2. DC 1:2015cv01246BRICK v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    • November 9, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER denying without prejudice [12] , [14] Motion for Summary Judgment, requiring parties to submit proposed schedule for renewed summary judgment briefing on or before 12/8/2017, and requiring submission of documents for in camera review. See attached document for details. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 11/9/2017. (lckbj1)
  3. DC 1:2015cv01445KING v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    • November 10, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that King is DENIED leave to file "part one" of his opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment, Dkt. 50. It is further ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion for leave to file "par t two" of his opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment, Dkt. 52 at 1-4, is DENIED. It is further ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration, Dkt. 52 at 5-66, is DENIED. See document for details. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 11/10/2017. (lcrdm2, ) Modified on 11/13/2017 to add hyphens to page ranges and to change document type to "Opinion" (kt).
  4. DC 1:2015cv01649HARDY v. BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES et al
    • November 9, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION regarding the plaintiff's [36] Motion for Attorneys' Fees. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on November 9, 2017. (lcbah4)
  5. DC 1:2015cv02200BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE v. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    • November 6, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION regarding the defendant's [27] Motion to Dismiss, or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment, and the plaintiff's [29] Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on November 6, 2017. (lcbah1)
  6. ILN 1:2017cv05429Hughes v. United States Department of Justice
    • November 6, 2017: MEMORANDUM Opinion and Order Signed by the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen on 11/6/2017: Defendants motion to dismiss [8] is granted. If he is able to do so consistent with this Order, Plaintiff may file an amended complaint on or before December 4, 2017. Failure to do so will result in dismissal of his claims with prejudice. Status hearing of November 30, 2017 is stricken.Mailed notice(mad, )
  7. NYS 1:2015cv04829The New York Times Company et al v. Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    • November 7, 2017: OPINION & ORDER: Throughout this litigation, the Times has demonstrated a tireless commitment to maximizing access to information that is, without doubt, of substantial public interest. In evaluating the Times's claim, the Court has carefully inspected hundreds of documents and conducted two ex parte hearings with the FBI regarding its reasons for withholding the requested information. In the end, the FBI has made three productions of responsive material, substantially narrowing the po ol of records it had initially withheld. The Court now concludes that all information responsive to the FOIA requests in this case that remains withheld is properly exempt from disclosure, particularly in light of the deference rightly due the government's intelligence agencies on matters of national security and terrorism. Accordingly, the FBI's motion for summary judgment is granted. (Signed by Judge Ronnie Abrams on 11/7/2017) (rj)

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