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Case TitleCAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv01068
Date Filed2016-06-08
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
PlaintiffCAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
Case DescriptionThe Campaign for Accountability sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting the agency make its Office of Legal Counsel opinions public under the affirmative disclosure requirement of the FOIA. The agency refused and the Campaign for Accountability filed suit. CFA filed suit as a follow-up to CREW's recently decided litigation in which Judge Amit Mehta suggested that the affirmative disclosure requirements in FOIA could be enforced under FOIA.
Complaint issues: Affirmative disclosure

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2016-06-081COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4558969) filed by Anne Campaign for Accountability. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 06/08/2016)
2016-06-082LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by Anne Campaign for Accountability (Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 06/08/2016)
2016-06-08Case ASSIGNED to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (dr) (Entered: 06/08/2016)
2016-06-083SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General) (Attachment: # 1 Consent Forms)(dr) (Entered: 06/08/2016)
2016-06-134GENERAL ORDER AND GUIDELINES FOR CIVIL CASES BEFORE JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON. The Court will hold the parties and counsel responsible for following these directives, and parties and counsel should pay particular attention to the Courts instructions for briefing motions. Failure to adhere to this Order may, when appropriate, result the imposition of sanctions and/or sua sponte denial of non-conforming motions. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 6/13/2016. (lckbj1) (Entered: 06/13/2016)
2016-06-225RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 6-10-2016. (Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 06/22/2016)
2016-06-226RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 6/22/2016 (Weismann, Anne) Modified party served on 6/23/2016 (znmw). (Entered: 06/22/2016)
2016-06-227RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 6/14/2016. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 7/14/2016. (Weismann, Anne) Modified dates on 6/23/2016 (znmw). (Entered: 06/22/2016)
2016-06-23Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 7/14/2016, (znmw) (Entered: 06/23/2016)
2016-07-118Joint MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to Complaint, and for Entry of Briefing Schedule by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Schwei, Daniel) (Entered: 07/11/2016)
2016-07-13MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, 8 Joint Motion for Extension of Time to Respond to Complaint, and for Entry of Briefing Schedule. Defendant shall file its motion to dismiss on or before 7/21/2016. Plaintiff's reply to the motion to dismiss is due on or before 8/15/2016. Defendant's reply in further support if its motion to dismiss is due on or before 9/1/2016. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 07/13/2016. (lckbj1) (Entered: 07/13/2016)
2016-07-219MOTION to Dismiss by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Appendix Index of Exhibits, # 3 Exhibit 1 - Letter from CFA to OLC, # 4 Exhibit 2 - Response Letter from OLC to CFA, # 5 Exhibit 3 - OLC Best Practices Memo, # 6 Text of Proposed Order)(Schwei, Daniel) (Entered: 07/21/2016)
2016-08-0910Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 9 MOTION to Dismiss by CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 08/09/2016)
2016-08-11MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, 10 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to File Response and Reply re 9 Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiff's response to 9 is due on or before by 8/22/2016; Defendant's reply re 9 is due on or before 9/8/2016. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 08/11/2016. (lckbj1) (Entered: 08/11/2016)
2016-08-2211Memorandum in opposition to re 9 MOTION to Dismiss filed by CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 08/22/2016)
2016-09-0812REPLY to opposition to motion re 9 MOTION to Dismiss filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Schwei, Daniel) (Entered: 09/08/2016)
2016-11-07MINUTE ORDER. In light of Plaintiff's representation that the D.C. Circuit's resolution of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. U.S. Department of Justice (D.C. Cir. No. 16-5110) might require dismissal of the instant lawsuit, it is hereby ORDERED that this case is STAYED until further Order of this Court. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall file a joint status report, no later than 30 days after the D.C. Circuit issues its mandate in Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. U.S. Department of Justice (D.C. Cir. No. 16-5110), describing the parties' respective views regarding any impact of that decision on this case. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on November 7, 2016. (lckbj2) (Entered: 11/07/2016)
2017-03-0813NOTICE of Appearance by Scott Allan Hodes on behalf of CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY (Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 03/08/2017)
2017-03-0814NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE as to CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. Attorney Anne L. Weismann terminated. (Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 03/08/2017)
2017-04-2615Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Schwei, Daniel) (Entered: 04/26/2017)
2017-05-02ORDER LIFTING STAY and setting a hearing on Defendant's 9 Motion to Dismiss for July 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 17 before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on May 2, 2017. (lckbj2) (Entered: 05/02/2017)
2017-06-2016NOTICE of Appearance by Jameel Jaffer on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 06/20/2017)
2017-06-2017MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Alex Abdo, :Firm- Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, :Address- 535 West 116th Street, 314 Low Library, New York, NY 10027. Phone No. - 2128549600. Fax No. - 2128547997 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4998929. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 06/20/2017)
2017-06-20MINUTE ORDER granting 17 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. It is hereby ORDERED that Alex Abdo is admitted pro hac vice in this matter as counsel for Plaintiff. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 06/20/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 06/20/2017)
2017-07-18Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: Motion Hearing held on 7/18/2017, re 9 MOTION to Dismiss. Oral argument heard and motion taken under advisement. (Court Reporter: Barbara DeVico) (gdf) (Entered: 07/18/2017)
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