Flinn v. U.S., No. 14-609, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60888 (C.D. Cal. May 8, 2015) (Bernal, J.)

Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015

Flinn v. U.S., No. 14-609, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60888 (C.D. Cal. May 8, 2015) (Bernal, J.)

Re: Request for records concerning plaintiff's arrest

Disposition: Granting defendant's motion for summary judgment

  • Litigation Considerations, Adequacy of Search:"The Court finds that the efforts outlined in [defendant's] declaration establish that USFS conducted a more than adequate search."  The court relates that "USFS conducted multiple searches of its records, both nationally and regionally."
     
  • Exemption 7(C):  "The Court finds that the privacy interest[s] involved outweigh the public interest in disclosure."  The court notes that "[d]efendant redacted the names and identifying information of the law enforcement officers involved in Plaintiff's arrest."  The court finds that "[t]he officers' names, phone numbers, and addresses are included in the documents; thus, their privacy interest is substantial."  "On the other side of the scale, there does not appear to [be] a significant public interest in disclosing this information, as the relevant information -- that concerning the circumstances of the arrest -- is fully disclosed."  "The Court also notes that the redactions were minimal and appear as narrowly tailored as possible."
Topic: 
Adequacy of Search
District Court
Exemption 7C
Litigation Considerations
Updated June 26, 2015