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Case TitleJUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2014cv01242
Date Filed2014-07-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Royce C. Lamberth
PlaintiffJUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State concerning records related to the talking points used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to discuss the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further before the statutory time limit, Judicial Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantNon-Party Respondent
Jacob Sullivan
Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz
2001 M St NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
DefendantNon-Party Respondent
JACOB SULLIVAN
DefendantNon-Party Respondent
BENJAMIN RHODES
DefendantNon-Party Respondent
ERIC BOSWELL
DefendantJUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DefendantJustin Cooper
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Complaint
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Complaint attachment 4
Opinion/Order [39]
FOIA Project Annotation: Judge Royce Lamberth has granted Judicial Watch discovery in its FOIA suit against the Department of State for records concerning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails. Indicating that whether or not the State Department acted in good faith in responding to requests for Clinton's email remained an open question, Lamberth noted that "plaintiff is certainly entitled to dispute the State Department's position that it has no obligation to produce these documents because it did not 'possess' or 'control' them at the time the FOIA request was made. The State Department's willingness to now search documents voluntarily turned over to the Department by Secretary Clinton and other officials hardly transforms such a search into an 'adequate' or 'reasonable' one. Plaintiff is not relying on 'speculation' or 'surmise' as the State Department claims. Plaintiff is relying on constantly shifting admissions by the Government and former government officials. Whether the State Department's actions will ultimately be determined by the Court to not be 'acting in good faith' remains to be seen at this time, but plaintiff is clearly entitled to discovery and a record before this Court rules on that issue." Lamberth acknowledged the burdens of discovery in the context of the multiple suits filed against the agency. He indicated that discovery orders in this case would be tied to similar discovery orders in another Judicial Watch case in which Judge Emmet Sullivan has granted the organization discovery.
Issues: Litigation - Discovery
Opinion/Order [54]
FOIA Project Annotation: Judge Royce Lamberth has granted Judicial Watch discovery to explore whether or not former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton purposefully tried to evade FOIA by using a private email server while she was Secretary. In response to Judicial Watch's 2014 request for records concerning talking points used by then UN Ambassador Susan Rice defending the Obama administration's response to the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Lamberth accused State of telling Judicial Watch that it had conducted an adequate search even though it then knew Clinton had turned over 55,000 pages of missing emails that were likely to contain responsive records. A few weeks later, State filed a status report in which it still failed to acknowledge the unsearched emails and instead suggested that the case could be settled. One month later, the agency filed another status report admitting that it needed to conduct a further search. Livid, Lamberth lambasted the agency, noting that "at best, State's attempt to pass-off its deficient search as legally adequate during settlement negotiations was negligence born out of incompetence. At worst, career employees in the State and Justice Departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court." The current DOJ attorneys told Lamberth that State's initial search was not misleading because the agency did not realize at the time that Clinton's emails were missing. Saying such explanations "strain credulity," Lamberth pointed out that "even before this recent chicanery, the Court found enough signs of government wrongdoing to justify discovery, including into whether Clinton used her private email to intentionally flout FOIA." Lamberth explained that he had waited until investigations by the State Department's Inspector General, the FBI, and the House Select Committee on Benghazi were concluded and indicated that he was now going to "order the parties to develop a discovery plan limited to three issues: whether Clinton used a private email to evade FOIA, whether State's attempts to settle the case despite knowing the inadequacy of its initial search constituted bad faith, and whether State's subsequent searches for responsive records have been adequate." Suggesting that "the government's response to [this] FOIA request smacks of outrageous misconduct," Lamberth noted that "the Court takes no pleasure questioning the intentions of the nation's most august executive departments. But it still remains unknown whether Clinton used a private email to duck FOIA requests." State argued that former FBI Director James Comey had told the House Select Committee on Benghazi that "our best information is [that] she set it up as a matter of convenience." Lamberth observed that "but that's not quite the full-throated refutation State makes it out to be. Rather, telling Congress " under penalty of perjury " what he couldn't say for sure was an understandably equivocal assessment of the evidence at the time. It was not a conclusive repudiation of what many people familiar with the Presidential Records Act have long wondered." Although he pointed to evidence that many people knew Clinton used a private email server, Lamberth was puzzled by the conclusion of State's Inspector General that "although dozens of department officials emailed Clinton's personal account, the employees responsible for FOIA compliance didn't know the account existed." Lamberth questioned State's attempt to justify its initial search as adequate by explaining that the agency believed it did not have an obligation to search records not in its possession. Lamberth indicated that "that admission is significant for two reasons: Factually, it implies State thought settling this case would absolve the Department of any duty to search Clinton's missing emails in response to this request. And legally, it is wrong. Though agencies need not retrospectively search records they failed to retain, agencies violate FOIA when they fail to search records an employee improperly secreted from the agency's control." Emphasizing the serious doubts that remained, Lamberth noted that "to preserve the Department's integrity, and to reassure the American people that their government remains committed to transparency and the rule of law, this suspicion cannot be allowed to fester." State argued that many of the questions posed by Lamberth had already been answered by subsequent disclosures of Clinton's emails. Lambeth disagreed, pointing out that "in fact, State even concedes it has yet to search emails [Cheryl] Mills, [Huma] Abedin, and [Jake] Sullivan turned over in August 2015. Moreover, the Court is unaware of any public information shedding light on State's attempts to settle this case in late 2014 and early 2015." He also disparaged Judge James Boasberg ruling in Judicial Watch v. Tillerson, 293 F. Supp. 3d 33 (D.D.C. 2017), finding that State had done everything required by the Federal Records Act in its attempt to recover Clinton's emails. In a footnote, Lamberth pointed out that "taking no position on the merits of that conclusion, the Court notes that the Federal Records Act employs a very different standard than FOIA, requiring agencies take only more-than-minimal action to remedy a federal record removal or destruction" and added that Boasberg's decision was currently on appeal to the D.C. Circuit.
Issues: Litigation - Discovery
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2014-07-211COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-3784779) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons State Dept., # 3 Summons U.S. Attorney, # 4 Summons U.S. Attorney General)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 07/21/2014)
2014-07-212LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 07/21/2014)
2014-07-21Case Assigned to Judge Royce C. Lamberth. (kb) (Entered: 07/22/2014)
2014-07-223SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Consent Form, # 2 Notice of Consent)(kb) (Entered: 07/22/2014)
2014-08-084RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/28/2014. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/27/2014.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 8/06/2014., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 7/28/2014 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of C. Rotaru)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 08/08/2014)
2014-08-275NOTICE of Appearance by Robert J. Prince on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 08/27/2014)
2014-08-276ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 FOIA Request Letter)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 08/27/2014)
2014-08-287ORDER requiring defendant to file dispositive motions with supporting materials within 30 days of this date, or such further date as the court may set upon proper motion. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on August 28, 2014. (lcrcl1) (Entered: 08/28/2014)
2014-09-128Unopposed MOTION for Scheduling Order by DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 09/12/2014)
2014-09-159ORDER Granting 8 Motion to Vacate Deadline for Defendant to File Dispositive Motion and for Scheduling Order. (See Image for Details) Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 9/12/14. (mpt, ) (Entered: 09/15/2014)
2014-09-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Responsive Documents due by 11/12/2014; Vaughn Index due by 12/5/2014; Objections to witholdiings described in the draft Vaughn Index; Joint Status Report due by 1/2/2015 (mpt, ) (Entered: 09/15/2014)
2014-12-3110STATUS REPORT (JOINT) by DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 12/31/2014)
2015-02-0211STATUS REPORT (JOINT) by DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 02/02/2015)
2015-03-1612Emergency MOTION for Hearing (Status Conference) by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 03/16/2015)
2015-03-1613Emergency MOTION Shorten Response Time to Motion for Status Conference re 12 Emergency MOTION for Hearing (Status Conference) by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 03/16/2015)
2015-03-2014Memorandum in opposition to re 12 Emergency MOTION for Hearing (Status Conference) filed by DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit 1)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 03/20/2015)
2015-03-2315REPLY to opposition to motion re 12 Emergency MOTION for Hearing (Status Conference) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 03/23/2015)
2015-05-0116STATUS REPORT (JOINT) by DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 05/01/2015)
2015-06-3017NOTICE REGARDING BRIEFING SCHEDULE by DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 06/30/2015)
2015-07-0218ORDER; setting briefing schedule: Summary Judgment motions due by 7/7/2015; Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 8/14/2015; Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 9/11/2015; Plaintiffs' Reply due by 9/25/2015, Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 7/1/2015. (hs) (Entered: 07/02/2015)
2015-07-0719MOTION for Summary Judgment by DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Declaration of John F. Hackett, # 3 Statement of Facts, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 07/07/2015)
2015-08-1020Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 19 MOTION for Summary Judgment by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 08/10/2015)
2015-08-1221ORDER; granting 20 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply, Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 8/11/2015. (hs) (Entered: 08/12/2015)
2015-08-2122MOTION for Discovery Pursuant to Rule 56(d) by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Declaration in Support of 56(d) Motion, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Text of Proposed Order)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 08/21/2015)
2015-09-0223NOTICE of Filing Motion for Designation of Coordinating Judge by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Motion for Designation of Coordinating Judge)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 09/02/2015)
2015-09-0424NOTICE of Order Entered in Misc. No. 15-1188 by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Copy of Order)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 09/04/2015)
2015-09-0425MOTION to Stay Pending Resolution of Motion for Designation of Coordinating Judge by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 09/04/2015)
2015-09-1826NOTICE of Appearance by Jennie Leah Kneedler on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Kneedler, Jennie) (Entered: 09/18/2015)
2015-09-1827Memorandum in opposition to re 22 MOTION for Discovery Pursuant to Rule 56(d) filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibits 1-3, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Kneedler, Jennie) (Entered: 09/18/2015)
2015-09-2128Memorandum in opposition to re 25 MOTION to Stay Pending Resolution of Motion for Designation of Coordinating Judge filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 09/21/2015)
2015-10-0129REPLY to opposition to motion re 25 MOTION to Stay Pending Resolution of Motion for Designation of Coordinating Judge filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 10/01/2015)
2015-10-0230REPLY to opposition to motion re 22 MOTION for Discovery Pursuant to Rule 56(d) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 10/02/2015)
2015-10-0231NOTICE OF PLAINTIFF'S CORRECTED FILING by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. re 30 Reply to opposition to Motion (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 4)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 10/02/2015)
2015-10-1432MOTION for Leave to File Surreply by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Proposed Surreply, # 3 Declaration in Support of Proposed Surreply)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 10/14/2015)
2015-10-1933NOTICE Regarding Denial of State Department's Motion for Designation of Coordinating Judge by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. re 25 MOTION to Stay Pending Resolution of Motion for Designation of Coordinating Judge (Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 10/19/2015)
2015-10-2734RESPONSE re 32 MOTION for Leave to File Surreply filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 10/27/2015)
2016-01-0535ORDER; granting 32 Motion for Leave to File Surreply, Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 12/31/2015. (hs) (Entered: 01/05/2016)
2016-01-0536SURREPLY to re 22 MOTION for Discovery Pursuant to Rule 56(d) filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (zrdj) (Entered: 01/05/2016)
2016-01-2837ORDER denying 25 Motion to Stay as moot. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on January 28, 2016. (lcrcl2) (Entered: 01/28/2016)
2016-02-0238ORDER denying Motion for Hearing 12 ; denying Motion to shorten Defendant's time to file 13 . Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on January 29, 2016. (lcrcl2) (Entered: 02/02/2016)
2016-03-2939MEMORANDUM AND ORDER; Denying 19 Motion for Summary Judgment and Granting 22 Motion for limited discovery, Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 3/29/2016. (hs) (Entered: 03/29/2016)
2016-05-0540NOTICE of Appearance by Michael Bekesha on behalf of JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 05/05/2016)
2016-05-0541NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. Attorney Jennie Leah Kneedler terminated. (Kneedler, Jennie) (Entered: 05/05/2016)
2016-05-1642NOTICE of Proposed Order for Discovery by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. re 39 Memorandum & Opinion (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 05/16/2016)
2016-05-2643RESPONSE to Plaintiff's 42 Proposed Discovery Order filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Prince, Robert) Modified on 5/27/2016 (zrdj). (Entered: 05/26/2016)
2016-06-0644MOTION for Leave to File a Reply by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A (Judicial Watch's Reply), # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 06/06/2016)
2016-06-1045Memorandum in opposition to re 44 MOTION for Leave to File a Reply filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 06/10/2016)
2016-06-2046REPLY to opposition to motion re 44 MOTION for Leave to File a Reply filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 06/20/2016)
2016-12-2147ORDER granting 44 Motion for Leave to File. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 12/21/16. (lcrcl1, ) (Entered: 12/21/2016)
2016-12-2148ORDER directing counsel to meet and confer and present a new proposed order by January 10, 2017.. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 12/21/2016. (lcrcl1, ) (Entered: 12/21/2016)
2016-12-2149REPLY re 42 Notice of Proposed Order for Discovery filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (zrdj) (Entered: 12/22/2016)
2017-01-1050NOTICE of Proposed Order for Revised Discovery Plan by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. re 48 Order (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Cotca, Ramona) (Entered: 01/10/2017)
2017-01-1051NOTICE of Proposed Order Regarding Further Proceedings by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 01/10/2017)
2018-10-0452ORDER directing parties to appear for a Status Conference set for 10/12/2018 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 15 before Judge Royce C. Lamberth. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 10/3/18. (lsj) (Entered: 10/04/2018)
2018-10-12Minute Entry: Status Conference held on 10/12/2018 before Judge Royce C. Lamberth. (Court Reporter Tim Miller) (tb) (Entered: 10/12/2018)
2018-10-1653TRANSCRIPT OF STATUS HEARING before Judge Royce C. Lamberth held on 10-12-18; Page Numbers: 1-42; Date of Issuance: 10-16-18; Court Reporter: Timothy R. Miller, Telephone number (202) 354-3111. Transcripts may be ordered by submitting the Transcript Order Form For the first 90 days after this filing date, the transcript may be viewed at the courthouse at a public terminal or purchased from the court reporter referenced above. After 90 days, the transcript may be accessed via PACER. Other transcript formats, (multi-page, condensed, CD or ASCII) may be purchased from the court reporter. NOTICE RE REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: The parties have twenty-one days to file with the court and the court reporter any request to redact personal identifiers from this transcript. If no such requests are filed, the transcript will be made available to the public via PACER without redaction after 90 days. The policy, which includes the five personal identifiers specifically covered, is located on our website at www.dcd.uscourts.gov. Redaction Request due 11/6/2018. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 11/16/2018. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 1/14/2019.(Miller, Timothy) (Entered: 10/16/2018)
2018-12-0654MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 12/06/2018. (lcrcl3) (Entered: 12/06/2018)
2018-12-0655ORDER directing the parties to meet and confer regarding discovery and to submit a proposed plan and schedule. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 12/06/2018. (lcrcl3) (Entered: 12/06/2018)
2018-12-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Discovery Plan due by 12/17/2018. (lsj) (Entered: 12/06/2018)
2018-12-1056NOTICE of Appearance by James F. Peterson on behalf of JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Peterson, James) (Entered: 12/10/2018)
2018-12-1057NOTICE of Appearance by Paul J. Orfanedes on behalf of JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 12/10/2018)
2018-12-1258Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Wednesday, December 19 for the parties to submitjointly if possible, separately if necessarya proposed plan and schedule for discovery by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 12/12/2018)
2018-12-1259ERRATA by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE 58 Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Wednesday, December 19 for the parties to submitjointly if possible, separately if necessarya proposed plan and schedule for discovery filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 12/12/2018)
2018-12-1360ORDER granting 58 Motion for Extension of Time. The parties shall submit a proposed plan and schedule for discovery by 12/19/2018. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 12/14/2018. (lcrcl3) (Entered: 12/13/2018)
2018-12-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Plan and Schedule for Discovery due by 12/19/2018. (lsj) (Entered: 12/17/2018)
2018-12-1861NOTICE of Appearance by Stephen M. Pezzi on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Pezzi, Stephen) (Entered: 12/18/2018)
2018-12-1962PROPOSED DISCOVERY PLAN re 55 Order by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C)(Peterson, James) . (Entered: 12/19/2018)
2018-12-1963RESPONSE TO ORDER OF THE COURT re 55 Order (State's Proposed Discovery Plan and Schedule) filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 12/19/2018)
2019-01-0464RESPONSE re 63 by Plaintiff to Defendant's Proposed Discovery Plan and Schedule filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Peterson, James) Modified to add link on 1/9/2019 (znmw). (Entered: 01/04/2019)
2019-01-1565MEMORANDUM OPINION and ORDER setting discovery plan and schedule. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 1/15/2019. (lcrcl2) (Entered: 01/15/2019)
2019-01-1666MOTION to Stay in Light of Lapse of Appropriations by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 01/16/2019)
2019-01-1667RESPONSE re 66 MOTION to Stay in Light of Lapse of Appropriations filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 01/16/2019)
2019-01-1768ORDER granting 66 Motion to Stay. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 1/17/2019. (lcrcl2) (Entered: 01/17/2019)
2019-01-1769NOTICE by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Email from Deputy Under Secretary for Management)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 01/17/2019)
2019-01-3070NOTICE of Restoration of Appropriations by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE re 68 Order on Motion to Stay (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 01/30/2019)
2019-03-1171MOTION for Protective Order Regarding Audiovisual Recordings of Depositions of Current and Former Department of State Career Officials by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Pezzi, Stephen) (Entered: 03/11/2019)
2019-03-1272MOTION for Protective Order Sealing the Audiovisual Recording of Deposition by Justin Cooper (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Speth, Charles) (Entered: 03/12/2019)
2019-03-1973MOTION to Take Deposition from Benjamin Rhodes by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Peterson, James) (Entered: 03/19/2019)
2019-03-2074Memorandum in opposition to re 73 MOTION to Take Deposition from Benjamin Rhodes filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Pezzi, Stephen) (Entered: 03/20/2019)
2019-03-2075REPLY to opposition to motion re 73 MOTION to Take Deposition from Benjamin Rhodes filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Peterson, James) (Entered: 03/20/2019)
2019-03-2576SUPPLEMENTAL MEMORANDUM to re 73 MOTION to Take Deposition from Benjamin Rhodes filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Peterson, James) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2577NOTICE of Appearance by Beth A. Wilkinson on behalf of Jacob Sullivan (Wilkinson, Beth) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2578MOTION for Protective Order by Jacob Sullivan (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Wilkinson, Beth) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2579RESPONSE re 73 MOTION to Take Deposition from Benjamin Rhodes to Plaintiff's Supplement 76 filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2580VACATED PURSUANT TO ORDER 97 ......ORDER granting 73 Motion to Take Deposition from Benjamin Rhodes pursuant to Rule 45. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 03/25/2019. (lcrcl3) Modified on 4/26/2019 (zlsj). (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2581RESPONSE re 72 MOTION for Protective Order Sealing the Audiovisual Recording of Deposition , 71 MOTION for Protective Order Regarding Audiovisual Recordings of Depositions of Current and Former Department of State Career Officials filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Peterson, James) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-26NOTICE OF ERROR re 77 Notice of Appearance; emailed to bwilkinson@wilkinsonwalsh.com, cc'd 16 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Please refile document, 2. Each counsel must use their assigned login/password to enter an appearance. Counsel should review LCvR 5.4(b) & 83.2 (zjf, ) (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-03-2682NOTICE of Appearance by Beth A. Wilkinson on behalf of Jacob Sullivan (Wilkinson, Beth) (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-03-2683NOTICE of Appearance by Alexandra M. Walsh on behalf of Jacob Sullivan (Walsh, Alexandra) (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-03-2684NOTICE of Appearance by Brian L. Stekloff on behalf of Jacob Sullivan (Stekloff, Brian) (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-03-2685NOTICE of Appearance by Michael J. Gottlieb on behalf of BENJAMIN RHODES (Gottlieb, Michael) (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-03-2686MOTION for Reconsideration re 80 Order on Motion to Take Deposition by BENJAMIN RHODES (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Gottlieb, Michael) (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-03-2887RESPONSE re 86 MOTION for Reconsideration re 80 Order on Motion to Take Deposition filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Peterson, James) (Entered: 03/28/2019)
2019-03-2988RESPONSE re 86 MOTION for Reconsideration re 80 Order on Motion to Take Deposition and Plaintiff's Response Thereto 87 filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 03/29/2019)
2019-03-2989REPLY to opposition to motion re 86 MOTION for Reconsideration re 80 Order on Motion to Take Deposition filed by BENJAMIN RHODES. (Gottlieb, Michael) (Entered: 03/29/2019)
2019-03-2990REPLY to opposition to motion re 71 MOTION for Protective Order Regarding Audiovisual Recordings of Depositions of Current and Former Department of State Career Officials filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Prince, Robert) (Entered: 03/29/2019)
2019-04-0191REPLY to opposition to motion re 72 MOTION for Protective Order Sealing the Audiovisual Recording of Deposition filed by Justin Cooper. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6)(Speth, Charles) (Entered: 04/01/2019)
2019-04-0392Memorandum in opposition to re 78 MOTION for Protective Order filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Peterson, James) (Entered: 04/03/2019)
2019-04-1193MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Calanthe A. Cope-Kasten, :Firm- Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz LLP, :Address- 2001 M Street, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. Phone No. - 2028474000. Fax No. - 2028474005 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-6053768. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by JACOB SULLIVAN (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Wilkinson, Beth) (Entered: 04/11/2019)
2019-04-1194REPLY to opposition to motion re 78 MOTION for Protective Order filed by JACOB SULLIVAN. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D)(Wilkinson, Beth) (Entered: 04/11/2019)
2019-04-1295NOTICE of Appearance by Lauren M. Burke on behalf of JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 04/12/2019)
2019-04-22MINUTE ORDER granting 93 Motion for Admission and Appearance Pro Hac Vice. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 4/22/2019. (lcrcl1) (Entered: 04/22/2019)
2019-04-2596ORDER granting 71 Motion for Protective Order; granting 72 Motion for Protective Order; granting 78 Motion for Protective Order. Any audiovisual recordings of depositions of Justin Cooper, Clarence Finney, John Hackett, Heather Samuelson, Gene Smilansky, Jake Sullivan, Monica Tillery, Sheryl Walter, and Jonathan Wasser shall remain sealed absent further Court order. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 04/25/2019. (lcrcl3) (Entered: 04/25/2019)
2019-04-2597ORDER granting 86 Motion for Reconsideration. The Court vacates its prior order at ECF No. 80. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 04/25/2019. (lcrcl3) (Entered: 04/25/2019)
2019-04-2998Unopposed MOTION for Protective Order by ERIC BOSWELL (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Clattenburg, Rachel) (Entered: 04/29/2019)
2019-04-3099NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua Aaron Levy on behalf of ERIC BOSWELL (Levy, Joshua) (Entered: 04/30/2019)
2019-05-03100ORDER granting 98 Motion for Protective Order. Any audiovisual recordings of any forthcoming depositions in this matter of Eric Boswell shall remain sealed absent further order of this Court. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 05/03/2019. (lcrcl3) (Entered: 05/03/2019)
2019-05-14101MOTION for Protective Order Regarding Information Protected by the Privacy Act by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Privacy Act Order and Acknowledgement, # 2 Privacy Impact Assessment for the SENTINEL System, # 3 Email Chain Between Lauren Burke and Robert Prince)(Prince, Robert) (Entered: 05/14/2019)
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