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Case TitleAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv02188
Date Filed2016-11-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Timothy J. Kelly
PlaintiffAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE
Case DescriptionThe American Center for Law and Justice submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for records concerning the meeting between former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix Airport. ACLJ sent the same request to the FBI. The agency acknowledged both requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, ACLJ filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2016-11-021COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4729919) filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Civil Cover Sheet, # 10 Summons, # 11 Summons, # 12 Summons)(Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-022NOTICE of Appearance by Jay Alan Sekulow on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-023LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-024NOTICE of Appearance by Stuart J. Roth on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-025NOTICE of Appearance by Colby Mims May on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (May, Colby) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-026MOTION 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 0090-4730078. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-027MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Matthew R. Clark, :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 0090-4730125. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-028MOTION 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 0090-4730161. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-02Case Assigned to Judge Richard J. Leon. (sb) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-029SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(sb) (Entered: 11/02/2016)
2016-11-1010RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 11/2/2016. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 12/2/2016. (May, Colby) Modified dates on 11/14/2016 (znmw). (Entered: 11/10/2016)
2016-11-1011RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 11/02/2016. (May, Colby) Modified date of service on 11/14/2016 (znmw). (Entered: 11/10/2016)
2016-11-1012RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 11/2/2016 (May, Colby) Modified date of service on 11/14/2016 (znmw). (Entered: 11/10/2016)
2016-11-1313STANDING ORDER. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 11/13/2016. (lcrjl3, ) (Entered: 11/13/2016)
2016-11-1414ORDER: Upon consideration of the plaintiff's 8 Motion for Leave of Benjamin P. Sisney to be admitted Pro Hac Vice; it is hereby ordered that the motion is GRANTED. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 11/12/16. (tb) (Entered: 11/14/2016)
2016-11-1415ORDER: Upon consideration of the plaintiff's 8 Motion for Leave of Craig L. Parshall to be admitted Pro Hac Vice; it is hereby ordered that the motion is GRANTED. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 11/12/16. (tb) (Entered: 11/14/2016)
2016-11-1416ORDER: Upon consideration of the plaintiff's 8 Motion for Leave of Matthew R. Clark to be admitted Pro Hac Vice; it is hereby ordered that the motion is GRANTED. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 11/12/16. (tb) (Entered: 11/14/2016)
2016-11-14Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 12/2/2016, (znmw) (Entered: 11/14/2016)
2016-12-0817Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, Nunc Pro Tunc by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Feldon, Gary) (Entered: 12/08/2016)
2016-12-0818ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(znmw) (Entered: 12/12/2016)
2016-12-10MINUTE ORDER granting 17 Defendant's Consent Motion for an Extension of Time, Nunc Pro Tunc, in Which to Answer Plaintiff's Complaint. It is hereby ORDERED that defendant's answer, filed as an attachment to the motion, shall be considered timely filed as of 12/8/2016. The Clerk of Court is instructed to enter the answer on the docket. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 12/10/2016. (lcrjl3, ) (Entered: 12/10/2016)
2017-04-1219NOTICE of Appearance by Abigail A. Southerland on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-09-18Case directly reassigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly. Judge Richard J. Leon is no longer assigned to the case. (ztnr) (Entered: 09/18/2017)
2017-09-2720Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 09/27/2017)
2017-10-12MINUTE ORDER: In light of the 20 Joint STATUS REPORT filed by the parties on September 27, 2017, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall move for summary judgment on or before November 3, 2017. Plaintiff shall file its combined opposition to Defendant's motion for summary judgment and any cross-motion for summary judgment on or before December 4, 2017. Plaintiff's combined opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment shall not exceed forty-five (45) pages. Defendant shall file its reply in support of its motion for summary judgment and any opposition to Plaintiff's cross-motion for summary judgment on or before January 12, 2018. Plaintiff shall file its reply in support of any cross-motion for summary judgment on or before January 26, 2018. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 10/12/2017. (lctjk2) (Entered: 10/12/2017)
2017-10-13Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 11/3/2017. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment and Cross Motions due by 12/4/2017. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment and Response to Cross Motions due by 1/12/2018. Reply to Cross Motions due by 1/26/2018. (kh) (Entered: 10/13/2017)
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