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Willaman v. Erie Satellite Office of The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

United States District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania

January 28, 2015

TERRANCE ROSS WILLAMAN, Plaintiff,
v.
ERIE SATELLITE OFFICE OF THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES, Defendant.

MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

SUSAN PARADISE BAXTER, Magistrate Judge.

I. RECOMMENDATION

It is respectfully recommended that this case be dismissed as Plaintiff has received the relief requested. All pending motions should be dismissed as moot.

II. REPORT

Plaintiff, acting pro se, filed this action on July 26, 2013. In his complaint, Plaintiff complains that Defendant has failed to answer his May 22, 2013 information request under the Freedom of Information Act. As relief, Plaintiff seeks:

9. Willaman is not asking this court to grant him relief from disabilities; Willaman is only asking this Court to order the Respondent Erie Satellite Office of the ATF to answer the questions it received on May 22, 2013. [...]
WHEREFORE, Petitioner Terrance Ross Willaman moves this Court for an Order directing the Respondent the Erie Satellite Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to answer the following questions:
Since the AFT may not expend any funds for this purpose, what is to prevent
(1) An individual applicant for relief from disabilities to pay for the process?
(2) What statutes, rules, or regulations prohibit the ATF from allowing an individual applicant to pay for the process?

ECF No. 1, page 3, 5 (emphasis in original).

Defendant answered Plaintiff's FOIA request by letter dated January 6, 2014. See ECF No. 9-2, pages 6-7. The letter informed Plaintiff that his request did not conform to the requirements necessary under the FOIA because he sought answers to question rather than identifiable government records.[1] Furthermore, the ATF suggested possible cures to this defect. Because Plaintiff has received the relief he originally sought, this action has become moot and should be dismissed.

III. CONCLUSION

It is respectfully recommended that this case be dismissed as Plaintiff has been granted the relief requested. All pending motions should be dismissed as moot.

In accordance with 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(1) and Fed.R.Civ.P. 72, the parties must seek review by the district court by filing Objections to the Report and Recommendation within fourteen (14) days of the filing of this Report and Recommendation. Any party opposing the objections shall have fourteen (14) days from the date of service of Objections to respond thereto. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b)(2). Failure to file timely objections may constitute a waiver of appellate rights. See Brightwell v. Lehman, 637 F.3d 187, 194 n.7 (3d Cir. 2011); Nara v. Frank, 488 F.3d 187 (3d Cir. 2007).


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