Friday, May 27, 2016
Williams v. DOJ, No. 16-512, 2016 WL 3027543 (D. Md. May 27, 2016) (Grimm, J.)
Re: Records concerning plaintiff's forbearers
Disposition: Dismissing plaintiff's claims without prejudice
- Procedural Requirements, Proper FOIA Requests: The court holds that "[plaintiff's] FOIA claims against the Defendants will be dismissed without prejudice for failure to state a claim." The court relates that, "[h]ere, [plaintiff] submitted sweeping requests for genealogical and other historical information covering a period of over 600 years with no other identifying details." "[Plaintiff] made no attempt to narrow the range of his request after request requirements were explained to him." "[Plaintiff] was not provided records because the requests were insufficiently specific to enable a search under the parameters of FOIA." The court also finds that plaintiff may not "seek damages and injunctive relief under FOIA to create documents responsive to his requests."
Updated September 16, 2016