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Jurewicz v. United States Dept. of Agriculture

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

February 4, 2014

Carolyn JUREWICZ, et al., Appellants
v.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE and Humane Society of the United States, Appellees.

Argued Nov. 15, 2013.

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Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (No. 1:10-cv-01683).

Ira T. Kasdan argued the cause for appellants. With him on the brief was Elizabeth C. Johnson.

Alan Burch, Assistant U.S. Attorney, argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief were Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. Attorney, and R. Craig Lawrence, Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Aaron D. Green and Jonathan R. Lovvorn were on the brief for intervenor The Humane Society of the United States in support of appellee.

Before: GARLAND, Chief Judge, ROGERS, Circuit Judge, and SENTELLE, Senior Circuit Judge.

OPINION

ROGERS, Circuit Judge:

In this reverse-FOIA case, dog breeders and dealers in Missouri challenge the Department of Agriculture's decision to release information in their annual reports relating to their gross revenue and business volume. They contend the information requested by the Humane Society of the United States under the Freedom of Information Act (" FOIA" ) is covered by Exemptions 4 and 6, which protect confidential commercial or financial information and personal privacy, respectively, and that the Department's reasoning was ...


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