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Case TitlePickering v. U.S. Department of Justice et al
DistrictWestern District of New York
Case Number1:2019cv00417
Date Filed2019-03-31
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeHon. Richard J. Arcara
PlaintiffLeslie James Pickering
Case DescriptionLeslie Pickering submitted FOIA requests to the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning Scott Crow. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests. The BATF and the FBI told Pickering that it found no records. Pickering filed administrative appeals of those decisions. The Office of Information Policy denied Pickering appeals. Pickering filed an administrative appeal with DHS after it failed to respond. After hearing nothing further from DHS, Pickering filed suit against both agencies.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Department of Justice
DefendantU.S. Department of Homeland Security
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2019-03-311COMPLAINT against All Defendants $ 400 receipt number 0209-3405676, filed by Leslie James Pickering. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons)(Kuzma, Michael) (Entered: 03/31/2019)
2019-04-01Case assigned to Hon. Richard J. Arcara. Notification to Chambers of on-line civil case opening. (SG) (Entered: 04/01/2019)
2019-04-01Notice of Availability of Magistrate Judge: A United States Magistrate of this Court is available to conduct all proceedings in this civil action in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 636c and FRCP 73. The Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to a Magistrate Judge form (AO-85) is available for download at (SG) (Entered: 04/01/2019)
2019-04-01AUTOMATIC REFERRAL to Mediation The ADR Plan is available for download at (Entered: 04/01/2019)
2019-04-012Summons Issued as to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice (Attachments: # 1 summons issued) (SG) (Entered: 04/01/2019)
2019-04-193AFFIDAVIT of Service for Summons and Complaint served on Mark Witzleben, United States Attorney's Office, on April 12, 2019, filed by Leslie James Pickering. (Kuzma, Michael) (Entered: 04/19/2019)
2019-04-194AFFIDAVIT of Service for Summons and Complaint served on U. S. Department of Homeland Security on April 12, 2019, filed by Leslie James Pickering. (Kuzma, Michael) (Entered: 04/19/2019)
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