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Case TitleJAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00151
Date Filed2017-01-23
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Emmet G. Sullivan
PlaintiffJAMES MADISON PROJECT
PlaintiffNOAH SHACHTMAN The Daily Beast
Case DescriptionThe James Madison Project and reporter Noah Shachtman submitted a FOIA request to the General Services Administration for records concerning the anti-nepotism law and any analysis of how it applies to the President, particularly in regard to his son-in-law Jared Kushner. JMP and Shachtman also asked for expedited processing. The agency responded by indicating that it had no records. JMP and Shachtman filed an administrative appeal. JMP and Shachtman submitted a supplemental FOIA request for records of any communications with Kushner or his wife Ivanka Trump, including their private attorneys. JMP and Shachtman requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the supplemental request, but denied the request for expedited processing. JMP and Shachtman then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Expedited processing, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantGENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
DefendantOFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantOFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL
DefendantOFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
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2017-01-231COMPLAINT against GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4815330) filed by JAMES MADISON PROJECT, NOAH SHACHTMAN. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhibit Rule 7.1 certification, # 3 Summons GSA, # 4 Summons USADC, # 5 Summons USAG)(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 01/23/2017)
2017-01-232AMENDED COMPLAINT against GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION filed by JAMES MADISON PROJECT, NOAH SHACHTMAN.(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 01/23/2017)
2017-01-233NOTICE of Appearance by Mark Steven Zaid on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Zaid, Mark) (Entered: 01/23/2017)
2017-01-244LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JAMES MADISON PROJECT. (md) (Entered: 01/24/2017)
2017-01-24Case Assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (md) (Entered: 01/24/2017)
2017-01-245SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Consent) (md) (Entered: 01/24/2017)
2017-02-096RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION served on 1/30/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proof of Service)(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 02/09/2017)
2017-02-097RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 2/6/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 3/8/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proof of Service)(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 02/09/2017)
2017-03-078ANSWER to 2 Amended Complaint by GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION. Related document: 2 Amended Complaint filed by NOAH SHACHTMAN, JAMES MADISON PROJECT.(Sus, Nikhel) (Entered: 03/07/2017)
2017-03-289Consent MOTION for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint by JAMES MADISON PROJECT, NOAH SHACHTMAN (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Exhibit A - Second Amended Complaint, # 3 Summons DOJ, # 4 Summons OGE, # 5 Summons OPM, # 6 Summons OSC, # 7 Text of Proposed Order)(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 03/28/2017)
2017-03-29MINUTE ORDER granting 9 consent motion for leave to file second amended complaint. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 3/29/2017. (lcegs4) (Entered: 03/29/2017)
2017-03-2910SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS, OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL filed by JAMES MADISON PROJECT, NOAH SHACHTMAN.(jf) (Entered: 03/29/2017)
2017-03-2911SUMMONS Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS, OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL. (jf) (Entered: 03/29/2017)
2017-04-1712NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by Marsha Stelson Edney on behalf of All Defendants Substituting for attorney Nikhel Sus (Edney, Marsha) (Entered: 04/17/2017)
2017-04-1813RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL served on 4/4/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit return receipt (OSC))(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 04/18/2017)
2017-04-2414Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 10 Amended Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS, OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Edney, Marsha) (Entered: 04/24/2017)
2017-04-24MINUTE ORDER granting 14 consent motion for extension of time. Defendants are directed to answer or otherwise respond to the second amended complaint by no later than May 12, 2017. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 4/24/2017. (lcegs2) (Entered: 04/24/2017)
2017-04-25Set/Reset Deadlines: Defendant Answer Or Otherwise Response To The Second Complaint due by 5/12/2017. (mac) (Entered: 04/25/2017)
2017-05-1215ANSWER to 10 Amended Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS, OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL. Related document: 10 Amended Complaint filed by NOAH SHACHTMAN, JAMES MADISON PROJECT.(Edney, Marsha) (Entered: 05/12/2017)
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