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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv01827
Date Filed2016-09-12
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffRYAN NOAH SHAPIRO
Case DescriptionJournalist Jason Leopold and researcher Ryan Shapiro submitted a FOIA request to the IRS for records concerning Donald Trump's tax audit. Leopold and Shapiro also submitted two FOIA requests to the FBI for records concerning Trump's statements implying that Second Amendment advocates might harm Hillary Clinton and that Russia should hack Clinton's emails. After hearing nothing further from the agencies, Leopold and Shapiro filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF TREASURY
TERMINATED: 09/26/2016
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF TREASURY
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantINTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
DefendantINTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
TERMINATED: 11/21/2016
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
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Complaint
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
Complaint attachment 3
Complaint attachment 4
Complaint attachment 5
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2016-09-121COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4670618) filed by JASON LEOPOLD, RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Attachments: # 1 Summons Attorney General, # 2 Summons DOJ, # 3 Summons Treasury, # 4 Summons USAO, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 09/12/2016)
2016-09-13Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (dr) (Entered: 09/13/2016)
2016-09-132SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Consent Forms)(dr) (Entered: 09/13/2016)
2016-09-133GENERAL 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 9/13/2016. (lckbj1) (Entered: 09/13/2016)
2016-09-204AMENDED COMPLAINT (First) against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY filed by JASON LEOPOLD, RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Attachments: # 1 Summons IRS, # 2 Summons Secret Service)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 09/20/2016)
2016-09-225SUMMONS (2) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE. (jf) (Entered: 09/22/2016)
2016-09-276RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 9/26/2016; INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE served on 9/26/2016 (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 09/27/2016)
2016-10-177RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 10/12/2016., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 10/12/2016. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 11/11/2016.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 10/12/2016 (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 10/17/2016)
2016-11-048MOTION to Dismiss by DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(McMonagle, Ryan) (Entered: 11/04/2016)
2016-11-049ANSWER to 4 Amended Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. Related document: 4 Amended Complaint filed by JASON LEOPOLD, RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO.(Pezzi, Stephen) (Entered: 11/04/2016)
2016-11-2110NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal re Internal Revenue Service (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 11/21/2016)
2016-11-23MINUTE ORDER. It is hereby ORDERED that the IRS's 8 Motion to Dismiss is DENIED as moot in light of Plaintiff's voluntary dismissal of the IRS as a party. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure on or before 12/9/2016. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 11/23/2016. (lckbj1) (Entered: 11/23/2016)
2016-12-0911Joint MOTION for Order Setting Schedule and Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Pezzi, Stephen) (Entered: 12/09/2016)
2016-12-0912JOINT STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, JASON LEOPOLD, RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (See Docket Entry 11 to view document). (znmw) (Entered: 12/12/2016)
2016-12-12VACATED PURSUANT TO THE MINUTE ORDER ENTERED ON 3/21/17.....MINUTE ORDER granting 11 Joint Motion to Enter Scheduling Order. It is hereby ORDERED that the following schedule shall govern further proceedings in this case: (1) On or before February 17, 2017, the United States Secret Service shall complete its production of all non-exempt records responsive to Plaintiffs two pending Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 (FOIA) requests; (2) On or before February 24, 2017, the parties shall submit to the Court a joint status report informing the Court as to whether motions practice will be necessary; and (3) If motions practice is necessary, the following briefing schedule will apply: Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment is due on or before March 24, 2017; Plaintiffs Opposition to Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment and any Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment is due on or before April 7, 2017; Defendants Reply in Support of Summary Judgment and Opposition to any Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment is due on or before May 5, 2017; Plaintiffs Reply in Support of any Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment is due on or before 5/19/2017. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 12/12/2016. (lckbj1) Modified on 3/21/2017 (zgdf). (Entered: 12/12/2016)
2016-12-13Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 4/7/2017. Response to Cross Motions due by 5/5/2017. Reply to Cross Motions due by 5/19/2017. Status Report due by 2/24/2017 Summary Judgment motions due by 3/24/2017. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 4/7/2017. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 5/5/2017. (gdf) (Entered: 12/13/2016)
2017-02-2413Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Pezzi, Stephen) (Entered: 02/24/2017)
2017-03-2114Consent MOTION to Vacate Briefing Schedule by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Pezzi, Stephen) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
2017-03-21MINUTE ORDER granting 14 Consent Motion to Vacate Briefing Schedule. It is hereby ORDERED that the schedule for briefing summary judgment in this matter is VACATED, and that, on or before 4/6/2017, the parties shall file a joint status report, which shall contain a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 3/21/2017. (lckbj1, ) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
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