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Case TitleAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv02516
Date Filed2016-12-26
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge James E. Boasberg
PlaintiffAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE
Case DescriptionThe American Center for Law and Justice submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning any grants of funds to OneVoice Israel and OneVoice Palestine for use in campaigning against Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2015 Israeli elections. ACLJ requested communications involving a large number of named individuals. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, denied ACLJ's request for expedited processing and granted its request for a fee waiver. 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

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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2016-12-261COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4788137) filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Civil Cover Sheet, # 4 Summons US Dept. of State, # 5 Summons US Dept. of Justice, # 6 Summons US Attorney for DC)(Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 12/26/2016)
2016-12-262NOTICE of Appearance by Jay Alan Sekulow on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 12/26/2016)
2016-12-263LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 12/26/2016)
2016-12-264NOTICE of Appearance by Stuart J. Roth on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 12/26/2016)
2016-12-265NOTICE of Appearance by Colby Mims May on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (May, Colby) (Entered: 12/26/2016)
2016-12-266MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Craig L. Parshall, :Firm- American Center for Law and Justice, :Address- 201 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone No. - 202-546-8890. Fax No. - 202-546-9309 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4788142. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 12/26/2016)
2016-12-267MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Matthew R. Clark, :Firm- American Center for Law and Justice, :Address- 201 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone No. - 202-546-8890. Fax No. - 202-546-9309 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4788143. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 12/26/2016)
2016-12-268MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Benjamin P. Sisney, :Firm- American Center for Law and Justice, :Address- 201 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone No. - 202-546-8890. Fax No. - 202-546-9309 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4788144. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 12/26/2016)
2016-12-27Case Assigned to Judge James E. Boasberg. (sb) (Entered: 12/27/2016)
2016-12-279SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(sb) (Entered: 12/27/2016)
2017-01-03MINUTE ORDER granting 6 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of CRAIG L. PARSHALL. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 1/3/2017. (lcjeb1) (Entered: 01/03/2017)
2017-01-03MINUTE ORDER granting 6 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of MATTHEW R. CLARK. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 1/3/2017. (lcjeb1) (Entered: 01/03/2017)
2017-01-03MINUTE ORDER granting 6 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of BENJAMIN P. SISNEY. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 1/3/2017. (lcjeb1) (Entered: 01/03/2017)
2017-01-0410RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 12/30/2016. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 1/29/2017. (Sisney, Benjamin) (Entered: 01/04/2017)
2017-01-0411RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 12/30/2016 (Sisney, Benjamin) (Entered: 01/04/2017)
2017-01-0412RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 12/30/2016. (Sisney, Benjamin) (Entered: 01/04/2017)
2017-01-2613Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to respond to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Powers, James) (Entered: 01/26/2017)
2017-01-26MINUTE ORDER granting 13 Motion for Extension of Time to File. The Court ORDERS that Defendant shall file its Response to Plaintiff's Complaint on or before March 1, 2017. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 1/26/2017. (lcjeb1) (Entered: 01/26/2017)
2017-01-26Set/Reset Deadlines: Responses due by 3/1/2017. (nbn) (Entered: 01/27/2017)
2017-02-2814MOTION to Dismiss Count II of the Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Powers, James) (Entered: 02/28/2017)
2017-02-2815ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Powers, James) (Entered: 02/28/2017)
2017-03-01MINUTE ORDER: The Court ORDERS that the parties shall meet, confer, and jointly propose a briefing schedule by March 15, 2017, concerning Count I of the Complaint. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 3/1/2016. (lcjeb1) (Entered: 03/01/2017)
2017-03-01Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Briefing Schedule due by 3/15/2017. (nbn) (Entered: 03/01/2017)
2017-03-1316Joint MOTION for Extension of Time to File Proposed Briefing Schedule by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Powers, James) (Entered: 03/13/2017)
2017-03-13MINUTE ORDER granting 16 Motion for Extension of Time to File. The Court ORDERS that the parties shall submit a proposed briefing schedule or Joint Status Report concerning Count I of the Complaint by May 15, 2017. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 3/13/2017. (lcjeb1) (Entered: 03/13/2017)
2017-03-13Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 5/15/2017. (nbn) (Entered: 03/14/2017)
2017-03-1417MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Abigail A. Southerland, :Firm- American Center for Law and Justice, :Address- 625 Bakers Bridge Avenue, Ste. 105-121, Franklin, Tennessee 37067. Phone No. - (615) 599-5572, ext 4006. Fax No. - (615) 599-5189 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4874805. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Sisney, Benjamin) (Entered: 03/14/2017)
2017-03-1418Memorandum in opposition to re 14 MOTION to Dismiss Count II of the Complaint filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Sekulow, Jay) (Entered: 03/14/2017)
2017-03-15MINUTE ORDER granting 17 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of ABIGAIL A. SOUTHERLAND. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 3/15/2017. (lcjeb1) (Entered: 03/15/2017)
2017-03-2119REPLY to opposition to motion re 14 MOTION to Dismiss Count II of the Complaint filed by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Powers, James) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
2017-04-1720ORDER granting Defendant's 14 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 4/17/17. (lcjeb2) (Entered: 04/17/2017)
2017-04-1721Memorandum Opinion re 20 Order on Motion to Dismiss. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 4/17/17. (lcjeb2) (Entered: 04/17/2017)
2017-04-2422MOTION to Amend/Correct 1 Complaint, by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Amended Complaint, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit B, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 04/24/2017)
2017-05-0823Memorandum in opposition to re 22 MOTION to Amend/Correct 1 Complaint, filed by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Powers, James) (Entered: 05/08/2017)
2017-05-1224REPLY to opposition to motion re 22 MOTION to Amend/Correct 1 Complaint, filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 05/12/2017)
2017-05-1525Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Powers, James) (Entered: 05/15/2017)
2017-05-16MINUTE ORDER: Per the parties' 25 Joint Status Report, the Court ORDERS that they shall submit a further such Report by June 26, 2017. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 5/16/2017. (lcjeb1) (Entered: 05/16/2017)
2017-05-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/26/2017. (nbn) (Entered: 05/16/2017)
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