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Yagman v. BOP, No. 14-55826, 2015 WL 2445100 (9th Cir. May 22, 2015) (per curiam)

Date: 
Friday, May 22, 2015

Yagman v. BOP, No. 14-55826, 2015 WL 2445100 (9th Cir. May 22, 2015) (per curiam)

Re: Request for full name, prison number, and mailing address of every person in BOP custody

Disposition: Affirming district court's grant of defendant's motion for summary judgment

  • Exemptions 6 and 7(C):  The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holds that "[t]he district court properly concluded that FOIA Exemptions 6 and 7(C) apply because disclosure of the requested documents would constitute an invasion of the inmates' privacy, and [plaintiff] failed to demonstrate how disclosure of the information would further the public's interest in shedding light on government action."
     
  • Exemption 7(F):  The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holds that "[t]he district court also properly concluded that FOIA Exemption 7(F) applies."  The court explains that "[e]ven if [it] read[s] Exemption 7(F) narrowly—as [plaintiff] suggests—as only protecting individuals associated with law enforcement personnel, prison guards and inmates in witness protection programs fit this category."
     
  • Litigation Considerations, Discovery:  The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holds that "[t]he district court did not abuse its discretion in denying [plaintiff's] request for discovery."  The court explains that "[t]he district court considered the declarations submitted in the Vaughn index and reasonably concluded that no factual dispute remained."
Topic: 
Court of Appeals
Discovery
Exemption 6
Exemption 7C
Exemption 7F
Litigation Considerations
Updated June 26, 2015