JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
MEMORANDUM AND OPINION. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on May 30, 2013. (lcckk1)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.,
Civil Action No. 12-0952 (CKK)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,
(May 30, 2013)
This action, brought by Plaintiff, Judicial Watch, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) against Defendant, the
United States Department of Justice (“Defendant”), pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act,
5 U.S.C. § 552 (“FOIA”), is before the Court on Defendant’s unopposed  Motion for
Summary Judgment. For the following reasons, the Court will grant Defendant’s motion and
dismiss this case.
Summary judgment is appropriate where “the movant shows that there is no genuine
dispute as to any material fact and [that it] ... is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” Fed. R.
Civ. P. 56(a).
Under this standard, the moving party bears the ‘‘initial responsibility of
informing the district court of the basis for its motion, and identifying those portions of the
pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file, together with the
affidavits, if any, which it believes demonstrate the absence of a genuine issue of material fact.’’
Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 324, 106 S. Ct. 2548, 91 L. Ed. 2d 265 (1986) (internal
quotation marks omitted). “[T]he court may assume that facts identified by the moving party in
its statement of material facts are admitted, unless such a fact is controverted in the statement of
genuine issues filed in opposition to the motion.” L. Civ. R. 7(h). In a FOIA action, the Court
may award summary judgment to the government solely on the information provided in
affidavits or declarations that describe “the justifications for nondisclosure with reasonably
specific detail, demonstrate that the information withheld logically falls within the claimed
exemption, and are not controverted by either contrary evidence in the record nor by evidence of
agency bad faith.” Military Audit Project v. Casey, 656 F.2d 724, 738 (D.C. Cir. 1981); see also
Vaughn v. Rosen, 484 F.2d 820, 826 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977, 94 S. Ct. 1564,
39 L. Ed. 2d 873 (1974).
On May 21, 2013, Plaintiff filed a  Corrected 1 Response to Defendant’s Motion for
Summary Judgment, which states that “[a]fter carefully reviewing Defendant’s motion, the
Declaration of Paul A. Rodriguez, and the Vaughn Index attached thereto, Plaintiff has
determined not to oppose Defendant’s motion.” In view of Plaintiff’s response, the Court shall
“assume that facts identified by [Defendant] in its statement of material facts are admitted” in
resolving the pending summary judgment motion. L. Civ. R. 7(h).
Upon careful consideration of Defendant’s submissions – specifically, Defendant’s
Memorandum of Points and Authorities, Statement of Material Facts As To Which There is No
Genuine Dispute, Declaration of Paul A. Rodrigues, and all corresponding exhibits, see generally
ECF No  – the Court finds that Defendant has amply supported its motion with detailed
explanations of Defendant’s search for documents responsive to Plaintiff’s FOIA request and,
where necessary, the application of FOIA exemptions to all records withheld in whole or in part.
The Court further finds that Defendant has conducted an adequate search of its records, properly
Plaintiff’s  Corrected Response to Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment is identical
to Plaintiff’s original  Response to Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, which
Plaintiff filed one day earlier, on May 20, 2013, with the exception that the caption of Plaintiff’s
original response bears an erroneous case number, which Plaintiff’s corrected response rectifies.
asserted an exemption for all withheld material, and released all reasonably segregable material.
Accordingly, given the absence of any contradicting facts or evidence, the Court concludes that
Defendants have satisfied their disclosure obligations under FOIA and are entitled to judgment
as a matter of law. A Separate Order accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.
Date: May 30, 2013
United States District Judge
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