No. 17-55036.

989 F.3d 666 (2021)

Jorge Alejandro ROJAS, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

March 2, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Naomi J. Scotten (argued), Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, New York, New York; Michael W. Pearson , Curry Pearson & Wooten PLC, Phoenix, Arizona; Robert M. Loeb and Thomas M. Bondy , Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Washington, D.C.; for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Jeffrey E. Sandberg (argued), and Mark B. Stern , Appellate Staff; Hashim M. Mooppan , Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Washington, D.C.; Alarice M. Medrano , Assistant United States Attorney; Dorothy A. Schouten , Chief, Civil Division; United States Attorney's Office, Los Angeles, California; for Defendant-Appellee.

Katie Townsend , Caitlin Vogus , Adam A. Marshall , Gunita Singh , and Daniel J. Leon , Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Washington, D.C., for Amici Curiae Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 24 Media Organizations.

Gregg P. Leslie , Samuel Turner , and John Dragovits , First Amendment Clinic, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Phoenix, Arizona, for Amicus Curiae Project on Government Oversight.

Partial Concurrence and Partial Dissent by Judge Bumatay


To ensure greater transparency in the operation of government agencies, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) mandates disclosure of nearly all agency records upon request, unless the records fall within one of nine exemptions specified in the Act. See 5...

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