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Potts v. Bell, No. 13-cv-423, 2013 WL 3942711 (N.D. Ala. July 30, 2013) (Kallon, J.)

Re: Request for access to plaintiff's Social Security Administration file Disposition: Granting defendant's motion to dismiss
  • Litigation Considerations, Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies:  The court finds that it "does not have subject matter jurisdiction over [plaintiff]'s request for his records pursuant to FOIA."  The court notes that "[plaintiff]'s complaint is replete with multiple deficiencies."  The court specifies that, "[a]mong other things, [plaintiff] failed to allege that he exhausted his administrative remedies before seeking judicial review or that he ever submitted a written request to [defendant] for his records, under the FOIA or any other statute."  Moreover, the court finds that, "to the extent [plaintiff] submitted a FOIA request—and there is no record that he did . . . [plaintiff] failed to administratively appeal the denial of his request, as required for FOIA requests to [defendant]."
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Updated August 6, 2014