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FOIA Activity: 24 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff on April 12th, 2018

We have added 24 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between March 25, 2018 and March 31, 2018. These are associated with 24 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. ALN 1:2018cv00198Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama v. Anniston HMA LLC et al

    • March 29, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Magistrate Judge Staci G Cornelius on 3/29/18. (MRR, )
  2. AZ 4:2016cv00527Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

    • March 30, 2018: ORDER: IT IS ORDERED Defendant's [38] Motion for Summary Judgment is DENIED in part and GRANTED in part; Plaintiff's [49] Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. Defendant shall provide documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request consistent with this Order within 14 days of this Order; Plaintiff's claim pursuant to the APA is DISMISSED; Plaintiff's motion to strike and for 56(d) relief is DENIED AS MOOT. Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment in favor of the Plaintiff and close the case. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bruce G Macdonald on 3/30/18. (BAC)
  3. CAE 1:2015cv00007Turner v. United States Department of the Treasury

    • March 30, 2018: ORDER GRANTING Defendant's [33] Motion for Summary Judgment signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 3/30/2018. CASE CLOSED. (Sant Agata, S)
  4. CAN 4:2017cv05273Sierra Club v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al

    • March 29, 2018: STIPULATION AND ORDER re [27] STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER re [23] Case Management Conference – Initial, Set Deadlines/Hearings, [24] Order Setting Settlement Conference filed by U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Cu stoms and Border Protection, Sierra Club. Settlement conference is vacated. Case Management Statement due by 7/10/2018. Further Case Management Conference set for 7/17/2018 01:30 PM. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore on 3/29/18. (sisS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/29/2018)
  5. CT 3:2016cv02024Reilly v. Justice

    • March 30, 2018: VACATED: ORDER granting [72] Motion for Summary Judgment. See attached memorandum of decision. Signed by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on 3/30/2018. (Hoffman, S) Modified on 3/30/2018 (Shafer, J.).
  6. DC 1:2013cv00556NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSELORS et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

    • March 31, 2018: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION re [34] Defendant's Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment; [40] Plaintiff Stein's Cross-motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 3/31/18. (DJS)
  7. DC 1:2014cv00229BORDA v. EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

    • March 31, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION: The Court will GRANT Defendant's motion for summary judgment, Dkt. [40] , and will DENY Plaintiff's motion for leave to file a second amended complaint, Dkt. [44] A separate order will issue. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 3/31/18. (lcrdm3, )
  8. DC 1:2015cv00688JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

    • March 29, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION granting [41] Defendant's Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment, and denying [42] Plaintiff's Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on March 29, 2018. (lcrc2)
  9. DC 1:2015cv01091POITRAS v. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al

    • March 29, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION regarding the defendants' [24] Second Motion for Summary Judgment and the plaintiff's [26] Second Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on March 29, 2018. (lcbah4) Document type modified on 4/3/2018 (lcbah4).
  10. DC 1:2016cv00116JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al

    • March 26, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on March 26, 2018. (lcrbw2)
  11. DC 1:2016cv00951YANOFSKY v. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    • March 30, 2018: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 3/30/2018. (lckbj2)
  12. DC 1:2016cv01411VIOLA v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al

    • March 31, 2018: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION re Defendant's Motion [23] for Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 3/31/18. (DJS)
  13. DC 1:2016cv01450KNOWLES v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

    • March 29, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 3/29/2018. (jth)
  14. DC 1:2016cv01868JORDAN v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

    • March 30, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION denying [55] Plaintiff's "Motion to Disqualify Judge Contreras"; denying [50] Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration of order granting Defendant's motion for extension of time; denying [40] Plaintiff's "Motion for Disclosure and Inclusion of Portions of the Emails and Other Non-Privileged Ex Parte Communications"; denying [41] Defendant's renewed motion for summary judgment; and denying [43] Defendant's motion for a protective order. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on March 30, 2018. (lcrc2)
  15. DC 1:2016cv02291ROJAS-VEGA v. UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOM ENFORCEMENT et al

    • March 26, 2018: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 3/26/18. (ms)
  16. DC 1:2016cv02410TOKAR v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

    • March 29, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION granting in part and denying in part [9] Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment; granting [10] Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 03/29/2018. (lcrc1)
  17. DC 1:2016cv02470AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al

    • March 30, 2018: MEMORANDUM ORDER denying Defendants' [16] Motion for Summary Judgment and denying Plaintiff's [20] Motion for Discovery. See the attached Memorandum Order for additional details. It is further ORDERED that the parties shall appear for a status conference to discuss further proceedings in this matter on April 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 2, before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 3/30/2018. (lctnm3)
  18. ILN 1:2012cv04691National Immigrant Justice Center v. United States Department of Justice

    • March 27, 2018: MEMORANDUM Opinion and Order signed by the Honorable Andrea R. Wood on 3/27/2018. Mailed notice(ef, )
  19. MA 1:2016cv10613American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc. et al v. United States Department of Education

    • March 30, 2018: Judge Allison D. Burroughs: MEMORANDUM AND ORDER entered. Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment ECF No. [44] is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part, and Plaintiffs Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment ECF No. [50] is GRANTED in pa rt and DENIED in part. Plaintiffs are entitled to summary judgment as to the documents withheld pursuant to Exemption 7, and Defendant shall produce those documents. The motions for summary judgment as to the documents withheld under the Ex emption 5 deliberative process privilege are denied without prejudice and with leave to renew. Defendant is entitled to summary judgment as to the documents withheld pursuant to the Exemption 5 attorney work product privilege. SO ORDERED.(McDonagh, Christina) Modified on 4/2/2018 (McDonagh, Christina).
  20. NYE 2:2002cv06788Robert v. The Central Intelligence Agency et al

    • March 31, 2018: MEMORANDUM & ORDER granting [115] Motion for Summary Judgment. SO ORDERED that Defendants' motion for summary judgment (Docket Entry 115) is GRANTED. To the extent Plaintiff seeks the first page of the April 1990 Document from the CIA, that cla im is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. Plaintiff's remaining claims relating to the DOJ Request and the portion of the CIA request seeking documents withheld by the CIA pursuant to FOIA Exemption 3 are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The Court notes that Plaintiff is required to obtain leave from Judge Garaufis before filing any future FOIA complaints. See Robert v. Dep't of Justice, 439 Fed. App'x at 34-35 (Here, the District Court [Judge Garaufis] did not err or abuse [his] discretion in enjoining Robert from filing further complaints raising FOIA claims without leave of the court, given Robert's history of filing vexatious, burdensome, and meritless FOIA complaints.). The Clerk of the Court is directed to enter judgment accordingly, mark this case CLOSED, and mail a copy of this Memorandum and Order to the pro se Plaintiff. Ordered by Judge Joanna Seybert on 3/31/2018. (CM to pro se plaintiff) (Florio, Lisa)
  21. NYS 1:2016cv07140Charles Seife v. U.S. Department of State

    • March 26, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER re: [27] MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by U.S. Department of State, [30] CROSS MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Charles Seife. For the reasons stated above, the State Depart ment's motion for summary judgment is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART without prejudice. Mr. Seife's cross-motion is DENIED. The denial of the Mr. Seife's motion is without prejudice to the extent that the motion challenges the State Department's response to the 12997 request, the withholding of documents and information under Exemption 5, and the withholding of the identities of the background briefers under Exemption 6. The State Department is directed to s ubmit revised Vaughn submissions addressing the State Department's response to the 12997 request, the information and document claimed exempt under Exemption 5, the identities of background briefers claimed exempt under Exemption 6, as w ell as a segregability analysis addressing the Category 15 document, along with a renewed motion for partial summary judgment no later than April 30, 2018. Mr. Seife may file a renewed cross-motion for summary judgment with respect to the State Department's response to the 12997 request and its withholding of information and documents under Exemptions 5 and 6 no later than thirty (30) days from the date of service of the State Department's renewed motion. Any oppositions to the motion(s) for summary judgment are due no later than twenty-one (21) days following service of the motions, and any replies are due no later than fourteen (14) days following service of the oppositions. The Clerk of Court is directed to terminate the motions pending at Dkt. Nos. 27 and 30. (Signed by Judge Gregory H. Woods on 3/24/2018) (mro)
  22. NYS 1:2017cv01928Johnson v. Central Intelligence Agency

    • March 29, 2018: ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND DENYING PLAINTIFF'S CROSS MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT terminating [31] Letter Motion to File Amicus Brief; denying [32] Motion for Summary Judgment; granting [16] Motion for Summa ry Judgment; terminating [21] Motion for Summary Judgment. The motion by the Defendant Central Intelligence Agency for summary judgment dismissing Plaintiff's complaint under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552 (1988), is GRANTED. The cross motion for summary judgment filed by Plaintiff is correspondingly DENIED. The Clerk is directed to remove the motions at Dockets# 16 and 21, from the Court's list of open motions. Docket #32 is erroneously docketed as a & quot;Supplemental Motion," when it is in fact a "supplemental brief;" it is the Plaintiff's reply papers in support of its motion and in opposition to the Government's motion. Therefore, Docket #32 should be removed from th e Court's list of open motions. Finally, the court has already granted the consent motion by Amici to file a brief in this matter, so the motion at Docket #31 should be closed and removed from the Court's open motion list. There should be no open motions remaining in this matter. (As further set forth herein.) (Signed by Judge Colleen McMahon on 3/29/2018) (kgo)
  23. VI 3:2012cv00050Rivere vs Director of Hidta
  24. WAW 2:2017cv00822Singh v. Federal Aviation Administration

    • March 26, 2018: ORDER denying Plaintiff's [39] Motion for Reconsideration signed by Judge Richard A Jones. (TH)

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