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Hopefully, Its Hurt Feelings Will Recover


Even though I’ve always been immune to John Roberts’s purported charms, I have to agree with Lithwick that the concluding paragraph from FCC v. AT&T is a classic:

We reject the argument that because “person” is defined for purposes of FOIA to include a corporation, the phrase “personal privacy” in Exemption 7(C) reaches corporations as well. The protection in FOIA against disclosure of law enforcement information on the ground that it would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy does not extend to corporations. We trust that AT&T will not take it personally.

It’s pretty impressive that AT&T managed to find a bad enough argument that they couldn’t get a single vote from the Roberts Court. You’d have to think some pink slips are about to be distributed within the legal department…

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