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Case TitleJUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv02368
Date Filed2016-12-05
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffJUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning determinations made by the Office of Legal Counsel that emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were not official agency records. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Judicial Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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2016-12-051COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4764596) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons US Department of State, # 3 Summons US Attorney for DC, # 4 Summons US Attorney General)(Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 12/05/2016)
2016-12-052LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 12/05/2016)
2016-12-06Case Assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. (sb) (Entered: 12/06/2016)
2016-12-063SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(sb) (Entered: 12/06/2016)
2016-12-124RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 12/12/2016. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 1/11/2017.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 12/12/2016., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 12/12/2016 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of C. Rotaru)(Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 12/12/2016)
2016-12-225NOTICE of Appearance by Martin Mason Tomlinson on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Tomlinson, Martin) (Entered: 12/22/2016)
2017-01-116ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Tomlinson, Martin) (Entered: 01/11/2017)
2017-01-117ORDER: Both a Complaint and an Answer are now before the court in this FOIA case. It is hereby ordered that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report on or before January 27, 2017. See the attached Order for additional details. Signed by Amit P. Mehta on 01/11/2017. (lcapm1) (Entered: 01/11/2017)
2017-01-278Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Tomlinson, Martin) (Entered: 01/27/2017)
2017-01-30MINUTE ORDER: The parties shall file a Joint Status Report on or before February 17, 2017, that addresses (1) the anticipated volume of documents potentially responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, and (2) a proposed schedule for the release of any responsive documents. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 01/30/2017. (lcapm1) (Entered: 01/30/2017)
2017-01-30Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Joint Status Report due by 2/17/2017. (cdw) (Entered: 01/30/2017)
2017-02-179Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Tomlinson, Martin) (Entered: 02/17/2017)
2017-02-20MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 9 February 17, 2017, Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before March 3, 2017. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 02/20/2017. (lcapm1) (Entered: 02/20/2017)
2017-02-20Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Joint Status Report due by 3/3/2017. (cdw) (Entered: 02/22/2017)
2017-03-0310Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Tomlinson, Martin) (Entered: 03/03/2017)
2017-03-03MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 10 3 March 17, 2017, Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before April 3, 2017. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 03/03/2017. (lcapm1) (Entered: 03/03/2017)
2017-03-03Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Joint Status Report due by 4/3/2017. (cdw) (Entered: 03/07/2017)
2017-04-0311Joint STATUS REPORT and Motion to Enter Scheduling Order by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Tomlinson, Martin) (Entered: 04/03/2017)
2017-04-0312ORDER entering the briefing schedule proposed in the parties' 11 Joint Status Report. The schedule for further proceedings in this matter is as follows: (1) Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment is due on or before May 8, 2017; (2) Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendant's Motion and any Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment is due on or before June 5, 2017; (3) Defendant's Reply in Support of Summary Judgment and Opposition to any Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment is due on or before July 3, 2017; and (4) Plaintiff's Reply in Support of any Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment is due on or before July 18, 2017. See the attached Order for additional details. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 04/03/2017. (lcapm1) (Entered: 04/03/2017)
2017-04-03Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Defendants Summary Judgment motion due by 5/8/2017. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 6/5/2017. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 7/3/2017. Plaintiffs Cross Motion due by 6/5/2017. Response to Cross Motion due by 7/3/2017. Reply to Cross Motion due by 7/18/2017. (cdw) (Entered: 04/04/2017)
2017-05-0813MOTION for Summary Judgment by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Statement of Facts, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Tomlinson, Martin) (Entered: 05/08/2017)
2017-05-0814MEMORANDUM re 13 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit FOIA Request, # 2 Exhibit Letter in Response to Request, # 3 Exhibit Search Declaration)(Tomlinson, Martin) (Entered: 05/08/2017)
2017-05-1515Memorandum in opposition to re 13 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 05/15/2017)
2017-05-1516Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 05/15/2017)
2017-07-0317REPLY to opposition to motion re 13 MOTION for Summary Judgment </i filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Second Declaration of Eric F. Stein)(Tomlinson, Martin) Modified linkage on 7/5/2017 (td). (Entered: 07/03/2017)
2017-07-0318Memorandum in opposition to re 16 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE; (See docket entry no. 17 to view document.) (td) (Entered: 07/05/2017)
2017-07-05NOTICE OF ERROR re 17 Reply to opposition to Motion; emailed to martin.m.tomlinson@usdoj.gov, cc'd 2 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Do not refile. In the future, please remember to separately file all parts of your document(s). (ztd, ) (Entered: 07/05/2017)
2017-07-1019REPLY to opposition to motion re 16 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 07/10/2017)
2017-08-1820NOTICE of the Government's Conflicting Legal Positions by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 08/18/2017)
2017-09-1121RESPONSE re 20 Notice (Other) filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Tomlinson, Martin) (Entered: 09/11/2017)
2017-11-02Case directly reassigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. Judge Amit P. Mehta is no longer assigned to the case. (ztnr) (Entered: 11/02/2017)
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