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FCC v. AT&T

Docket No.: 09-1279
Certiorari Granted: 09/28/10
Argued: January 19, 2011
Decided: 03/01/11

Topics:

Administrative Procedure, Article I, Clean Air Act, FOIA, Fourth Amendment, Freedom of Information Act, Hobbs Act, Privacy Act, Truth in Lending, privacy

PartyNames: Federal Communications Commission, et al. v. AT&T Inc., et al.
Petitioner: Federal Communications Commission, et al.
Respondent: AT&T Inc., et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Citation: 582 F.3d 490
Supreme Court Docket

Federal Communications Commission, et al.
v.
AT&T Inc., et al.
Background:

Exemption 7(C) of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7)(C), exempts from mandatory disclosure records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes when such disclosure could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of "personal privacy."

Question Presented:

Exemption 7(C) of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7)(C), exempts from mandatory disclosure records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes when such disclosure could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of "personal privacy." The question presented is: Whether Exemption 7(C)'s protection for "personal privacy" protects the "privacy" of corporate entities.

Question:

May corporations assert personal privacy interests to prevent the government from releasing documents about them?

Note:

JUSTICE KAGAN TOOK NO PART

FCC v. AT&T
ORAL ARGUMENT

01/19/11

Listen to Oral Argument in FCC v. AT&T
Holding: reversed
Vote: 8-0
Recused: who
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