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Bergeron v. ATF, No. 13-00625, 2016 WL 1229050 (D. Nev. Mar. 28, 2016) (Du, J.)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Bergeron v. ATF, No. 13-00625, 2016 WL 1229050 (D. Nev. Mar. 28, 2016) (Du, J.)

Re: Request for records concerning selection of ATF supervisor

Disposition: Granting defendant's motion to dismiss; denying plaintiff's motion for attorney fees and costs

  • Attorney Fees:  "The Court finds that, even with the limited record before it, the circumstances surrounding ATF's withholdings raise questions about whether the agency acted arbitrarily and capriciously."  "[Plaintiff] was required to engage in years of litigation to obtain documents."  "He successfully obtained much of the disputed material through both negotiations with ATF and a court order."  "While ATF is correct in pointing out that most of [plaintiff's] claims were resolved through joint discussions, such resolution does not mean that ATF's initial refusals do not raise questions about the agency's actions."  However, the court finds that "[plaintiff's] request for attorney's fees and costs is a post judgment determination that does not preclude granting ATF's motion to dismiss."  "Accordingly, the Court will grant Defendant's motion to dismiss because all substantive issues have been resolved."  Additionally, "[t]he Court will deny [plaintiff's] motion for attorney fees without prejudice so that he may serve and file a bill of costs in compliance with Local Rule 54-1."
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