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Case TitleAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv01355
Date Filed2016-06-28
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE
Case DescriptionThe American Center for Law and Justice submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State concerning a report on Fox News that the video recording of a December 2, 2013 Daily Press Briefing was altered and/or deleted. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, the American Center for Law and Justice filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Vaughn index, Adequacy - Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE The Executive Office, Office of the Legal Adviser
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2016-06-281COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4583826) filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit FOIA Request, # 2 Exhibit State Department FOIA Request Response)(May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-282CIVIL COVER SHEET by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE.(May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-283REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE.(May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-284REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE.(May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-285REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE.(May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-286NOTICE of Appearance by Colby Mims May on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-287NOTICE of Appearance by Colby Mims May on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-288NOTICE of Appearance by Colby Mims May on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-289MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Benjamin Paul Sisney, :Firm- American Center For Law & Justice, :Address- 201 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone No. - 202-546-8890. Fax No. - 202-546-9309 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4583944. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-2810MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Craig Littleton Parshall, :Firm- American Center For Law & Justice, :Address- 201 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone No. - 202-546-8890. Fax No. - 202-546-9309 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4583972. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-2811NOTICE of Appearance by Colby Mims May on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (May, Colby) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-28Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (md) (Entered: 06/28/2016)
2016-06-2912SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Consent Form)(sb) (Entered: 06/29/2016)
2016-07-05MINUTE ORDER granting 9 10 Motions for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice : Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 83.2, it is hereby ORDERED that Benjamin Paul Sisney and Craig Littleton Parshall are admitted to represent Plaintiff pro hac vice in this case. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 7/5/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 07/05/2016)
2016-08-0513RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/3/2016. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 9/2/2016. (May, Colby) (Entered: 08/05/2016)
2016-08-0514RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 08/03/2016. (May, Colby) (Entered: 08/05/2016)
2016-08-0515RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 8/3/2016 (May, Colby) (Entered: 08/05/2016)
2016-09-0216LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 09/02/2016)
2016-09-0217ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Kishore, Deepthy) (Entered: 09/02/2016)
2016-09-12MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a proposed briefing schedule on or before September 27, 2016. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 9/12/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 09/12/2016)
2016-09-2718Joint STATUS REPORT and Plaintiff's Proposed Briefing Schedule by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 09/27/2016)
2016-09-28MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 18 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a joint status report on or before November 11, 2016. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 9/28/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 09/28/2016)
2016-09-29Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 11/11/2016 (tj) (Entered: 09/29/2016)
2016-11-1119Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 11/11/2016)
2016-11-14MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 19 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a joint status report on or before December 13, 2016. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 11/14/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 11/14/2016)
2016-12-1320Joint STATUS REPORT of the parties by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 12/13/2016)
2016-12-13MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 20 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a joint status report on or before January 18, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 12/13/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 12/13/2016)
2017-01-1821Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 01/18/2017)
2017-01-18MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 21 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a joint status report on or before February 17, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 1/18/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 01/18/2017)
2017-02-1722Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 02/17/2017)
2017-02-17MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 22 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a joint status report on or before April 14, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 2/17/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 02/17/2017)
2017-02-22Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 4/14/2017 (tj) (Entered: 02/22/2017)
2017-04-1223NOTICE of Appearance by Abigail A. Southerland on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-1424Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 04/14/2017)
2017-04-17MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 24 parties' joint status report, it is HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff shall provide Defendant with a complete, written list of objections concerning information withheld from Plaintiff on or before April 21, 2017; it is FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a joint status report and proposed briefing schedule on or before April 28, 2017. (So Ordered Judge Rudolph Contreras on 4/17/2017).(lcrc3) (Entered: 04/17/2017)
2017-04-2825Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
2017-05-01MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 25 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall file its motion for summary judgment on or before May 26, 2017; Plaintiff shall file its combined opposition to Defendant's motion for summary judgment and any cross-motion for summary judgment, which shall not exceed sixty (60) pages, on or before June 23, 2017; Defendant shall file its combined reply in support of its motion for summary judgment and opposition to any cross-motion on or before July 21, 2017; and Plaintiff shall file its reply, if any, in support of its cross-motion for summary judgment on or before August 4, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 5/1/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 05/01/2017)
2017-05-03Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 7/23/2017. Response to Cross Motions due by 7/21/2017. Reply to Cross Motions due by 8/4/2017. Summary Judgment motions due by 5/26/2017. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 6/23/2017. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 7/21/2017. (tj) (Entered: 05/03/2017)
2017-05-2626MOTION for Summary Judgment and Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion, and Statement of Material Facts by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Letter from Abigail A. Southerland (Exhibit A), # 2 Declaration of Eric F. Stein (Exhibit B), # 3 Vaughn Index (Exhibit C), # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Kishore, Deepthy) (Entered: 05/26/2017)
2017-06-2327MOTION for Summary Judgment and Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 06/23/2017)
2017-06-2328Memorandum in opposition to re 26 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (See Docket Entry 27 to view document). (znmw) (Entered: 06/26/2017)
2017-06-3029NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by Cesar A. Lopez-Morales on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE Substituting for attorney Deepthy Kishore (Lopez-Morales, Cesar) (Entered: 06/30/2017)
2017-07-1130Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply and to Modify Briefing Schedule by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Lopez-Morales, Cesar) (Entered: 07/11/2017)
2017-07-11MINUTE ORDER granting 30 Defendant's Consent Motion for Extension of Time. It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall file its combined reply in support of its motion for summary judgment and opposition to Plaintiff's cross-motion on or before August 4, 2017. It is FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall file its reply, if any, in support of its cross-motion on or before August 18, 2017. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 7/11/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 07/11/2017)
2017-08-0431Memorandum in opposition to re 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment filed by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Exhibit Letter of Discretionary Release, # 3 Exhibit Amended Vaughn Index, # 4 Exhibit Redacted Materials)(Lopez-Morales, Cesar) (Entered: 08/04/2017)
2017-08-0432REPLY to opposition to motion re 26 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion, and Statement of Material Facts filed by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Exhibit Letter of Discretionary Release, # 3 Exhibit Amended Vaughn Index, # 4 Exhibit Redacted Materials)(Lopez-Morales, Cesar) (Entered: 08/04/2017)
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