Rojas-Vega v. USCIS, No. 15-5292, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 10642 (D.C. Cir. June 10, 2016) (per curiam)

Date: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Rojas-Vega v. USCIS, No. 15-5292, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 10642 (D.C. Cir. June 10, 2016) (per curiam)

Re: Request for records concerning requester's plea

Disposition: Granting government's motion for summary affirmance; denying requester's motion for summary reversal

  • Litigation Considerations, Adequacy of Search:  The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit holds that "[t]he merits of the parties' positions are so clear as to warrant summary action."  "In response to [the requester's] request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act . . . the government 'made a good faith effort to conduct a search for the requested records, using methods which can be reasonably expected to produce the information requested.'"
     
  • Litigation Considerations, Vaughn Index/Declaration:  Similarly, the D.C. Circuit finds that, "[w]ith respect to records that were withheld under the exemption provisions of FOIA . . . the declarations provided by the government demonstrated with reasonably specific detail that the withheld information logically falls within Exemptions 5, 7(C), and 7(E)."
     
  • Litigation Considerations, "Reasonably Segregable" Requirements:  "Finally, [the D.C. Circuit holds that] [the requester] has not rebutted the 'presumption that [the government] complied with the obligation to disclose reasonably segregable'" information.
Topic: 
Adequacy of Search
Court of Appeals
Declarations
Litigation Considerations
Segregability
Vaughn Index
Updated October 6, 2016