No. 87-5002.

837 F.2d 486 (1988)

PAYNE ENTERPRISES, INC., Appellant, v. UNITED STATES of America, et al.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided January 19, 1988.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert E. Lieblich, with whom William J. Spriggs and John Linarelli, Washington, D.C., were on the brief, for appellant.

Margaret A. Irving, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Information and Privacy, U.S. Dept. of Justice, with whom Joseph E. diGenova, U.S. Atty., and Royce C. Lamberth, R. Craig Lawrence and Michael J. Ryan, Asst. U.S. Attys., Washington, D.C., were on the brief, for appellees.

Before ROBINSON, EDWARDS and D.H. GINSBURG, Circuit Judges.

Opinion for the Court filed by Circuit Judge HARRY T. EDWARDS.

Concurring statement filed by Circuit Judge D.H. GINSBURG.

HARRY T. EDWARDS, Circuit Judge:

This case raises issues of mootness, ripeness, and the appropriateness of equitable relief for the tardy release of bid abstracts by the Air Force in response to Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") requests by Payne Enterprises, Inc. ("Payne"). Beginning in March 1985, officers at Air Force Logistics...


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