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Case TitleAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE v. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv01751
Date Filed2016-08-30
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE
Case DescriptionThe American Center for Law and Justice submitted a multi-part FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning atrocities committed by ISIS against Christians in Iraq. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, American Center for Law and Justice filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF STATE
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2016-08-301COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4655963) filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet)(Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 08/30/2016)
2016-08-302NOTICE of Appearance by Jay Alan Sekulow on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 08/30/2016)
2016-08-303NOTICE of Appearance by Stuart J. Roth on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 08/30/2016)
2016-08-30Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (sth) (Entered: 08/30/2016)
2016-08-304MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Craig L. Parshall, :Firm- American Center for Law and Justice, :Address- 201 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone No. - 202-546-8890. Fax No. - 202-546-9309 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4656125. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 08/30/2016)
2016-08-305SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 08/30/2016)
2016-08-306MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Benjamin P. Sisney, :Firm- American Center for Law and Justice, :Address- 201 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone No. - 202-546-8890. Fax No. - 202-546-9309 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4656147. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 08/30/2016)
2016-08-307NOTICE of Appearance by Colby Mims May on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (May, Colby) (Entered: 08/30/2016)
2016-08-318ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on August 31, 2016. (NS) (Entered: 08/31/2016)
2016-09-01MINUTE ORDER GRANTING 4 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Attorney Craig L. Parshall, in order for him to appear as co-counsel for Plaintiff, contingent on said attorney filing a declaration certifying familiarity with this Court's Local Rules by no later than SEPTEMBER 12, 2016. Counsel shall promptly register for this Court's CM/ECF system. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 9/1/2016. (lcckk3) (Entered: 09/01/2016)
2016-09-01MINUTE ORDER GRANTING 6 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Attorney Benjamin P. Sisney, in order for him to appear as co-counsel for Plaintiff, contingent on said attorney filing a declaration certifying familiarity with this Court's Local Rules by no later than SEPTEMBER 12, 2016. Counsel shall promptly register for this Court's CM/ECF system. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 9/1/2016. (lcckk3) (Entered: 09/01/2016)
2016-09-029RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/31/2016. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 9/30/2016. (May, Colby) (Entered: 09/02/2016)
2016-09-0210RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 09/01/2016. (May, Colby) (Entered: 09/02/2016)
2016-09-0211RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 9/1/2016 (May, Colby) (Entered: 09/02/2016)
2016-09-0212LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 09/02/2016)
2016-09-0213NOTICE of Declaration Certifying Personal Familiarity With the Local Rules of This Court, pursuant to Court Order of September 1, 2016 by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Sisney, Benjamin) (Entered: 09/02/2016)
2016-09-0714NOTICE of Declaration Certifying Personal Familiarity With the Local Rules of This Court, pursuant to Court Order of September 1, 2016 by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Parshall, Craig) (Entered: 09/07/2016)
2016-09-3015NOTICE of Appearance by Michael Leon Drezner on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 09/30/2016)
2016-09-3016ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 09/30/2016)
2016-10-0317ORDER. The parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report no later than OCTOBER 31, 2016. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 10/3/2016. (lcckk3) (Entered: 10/03/2016)
2016-10-03Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/31/2016. (dot) (Entered: 10/04/2016)
2016-10-3118Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 10/31/2016)
2016-11-03MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 18 Joint Status Report. The parties represent that Defendant intends to make an initial production of responsive documents to Plaintiff by December 28, 2016, and then make additional rolling productions every six weeks thereafter. At the parties' request, the Court ORDERS the parties to file an initial Joint Status Report indicating the status of these productions by no later than December 30, 2016. The parties shall file additional Joint Status Reports every 90 days thereafter. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 11/3/2016. (lcckk3) (Entered: 11/03/2016)
2016-11-03Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/30/2016. (dot) (Entered: 11/03/2016)
2016-12-3019Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 12/30/2016)
2017-03-2920Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 03/29/2017)
2017-04-1221NOTICE of Appearance by Abigail A. Southerland on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-06-2822Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
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