Cofield v. U.S., No. 14-0055, 2014 WL 4087501 (D.D.C. Aug. 20, 2014) (Jackson, J.)
Re: Request for records concerning Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
Disposition: Granting federal defendants' motion to dismiss claims against them; remanding remainder to Superior Court of the District of Columbia
- Litigation Considerations, Pleadings: The court "concludes that there is no legal basis upon which Plaintiff can sue the defendants named in this lawsuit in their personal capacities."
- Litigation Considerations, Relief: The court holds that "[p]laintiff cannot state any tort claim for monetary damages regarding any FOIA request he may have made because 'no money damages are available under FOIA.'"
- Litigation Considerations, Jurisdiction: The court holds that "[t]he federal courts . . . have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim Plaintiff may be asserting under the FOIA and the Privacy Act." "This means that the Superior Court did not have jurisdiction over Plaintiffs' claims against the Federal Defendants in the first place, and given that this matter was removed to federal court under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1442 and 1446, this Court cannot assert jurisdiction over them on removal."