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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv00622
Date Filed2019-03-06
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning communications pertaining to Russian national Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer who had attended the meeting at Trump Tower concerning potentially harmful information about Hillary Clinton. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and asked Judicial Watch to narrow the scope of the request. Judicial Watch did so, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Judicial Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2019-03-061COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5984694) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, # 3 Summons U.S. Attorney General, # 4 Summons U.S. Department of State)(Lee, Eric) (Entered: 03/06/2019)
2019-03-062LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Lee, Eric) (Entered: 03/06/2019)
2019-03-06Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zef, ) (Entered: 03/06/2019)
2019-03-063SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 03/06/2019)
2019-03-204RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/11/2019. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/10/2019.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 3/11/2019., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 3/11/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Lee, Eric) (Entered: 03/20/2019)
2019-04-105NOTICE of Appearance by Karen Bloom on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Bloom, Karen) (Entered: 04/10/2019)
2019-04-106ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Bloom, Karen) (Entered: 04/10/2019)
2019-04-11MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and jointly submit a proposed briefing schedule by April 25, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 4/11/19. (lcrc1) (Entered: 04/11/2019)
2019-04-18Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 4/25/2019 (tj) (Entered: 04/18/2019)
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