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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00254
Date Filed2017-02-08
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Case DescriptionRobert Chapman submitted a FOIA request to the IRS for records concerning the correction of legal and mathematical errors in tax forms and instructions. The agency asked him to narrow his request, which he did. The agency then estimated that the cost of processing the request would be $2,378. The fee issue had not been resolved by the time Chapman filed suit. Chapman also submitted a second FOIA request concerning his time when he was an employee at the agency. The agency indicated that it would need more time to respond, but after hearing nothing further from the agency on either request, Chapman filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2017-02-081COMPLAINT against INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 4616082866) filed by ROBERT CHAPMAN. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(jf) (Entered: 02/08/2017)
2017-02-08SUMMONS (3) Issued as to INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (jf) (Entered: 02/08/2017)
2017-02-132GENERAL 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 and filing exhibits. 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 2/13/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
2017-03-023MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint by INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hunsader, Joseph) (Entered: 03/02/2017)
2017-03-07MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, 3 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. Defendant shall answer or otherwise respond to the complaint on or before 4/15/2017. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 03/07/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 03/07/2017)
2017-03-10SUMMONS REISSUED as to INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (sth) (Entered: 03/10/2017)
2017-03-104RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 2/13/2017., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 2/13/2017. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 3/15/2017.) (jf) (Entered: 03/13/2017)
2017-03-105AFFIDAVIT of Service re 1 Complaint by ROBERT CHAPMAN. (jf) (Entered: 03/13/2017)
2017-04-076WITHDRAWN PURSUANT TO 7 ......MOTION for Protective Order by INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Joseph Hunsader, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Hunsader, Joseph) Modified on 4/11/2017 (jf). (Entered: 04/07/2017)
2017-04-107NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF MOTION by INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (Hunsader, Joseph) (Entered: 04/10/2017)
2017-04-10MINUTE ORDER. This Court ordinarily permits discovery in FOIA cases only after the government agency responding to the FOIA request has moved for summary judgment. The Court has reviewed the written statements that the parties have submitted in advance of the telephonic discovery conference that the Court scheduled for April 11, 2017, and it sees no reason to deviate from that ordinary practice at this time. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that the discovery conference scheduled for April 11, 2017, is CANCELLED. It is FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff's premature Request for Production of Documents, dated March 14, 2017, shall be deemed WITHDRAWN, along with any other outstanding discovery requests that Plaintiff has propounded on Defendant in this case, and as a result, Defendant is not required to respond to those requests at this time. It is FURTHER ORDERED that any additional discovery requests that Plaintiff wishes to propound prior to the submission of Defendant's summary judgment motion shall not be served on Defendant unless Plaintiff first seeks leave to serve the discovery request by filing a motion with the Court that demonstrates good cause for the otherwise premature request. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 4/10/2017. (lckbj3) (Entered: 04/10/2017)
2017-04-148ANSWER to 1 Complaint by INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.(Hunsader, Joseph) (Entered: 04/14/2017)
2017-04-209MOTION to Amend/Correct Minute Order filed on 04/10/2017 by ROBERT CHAPMAN (jf) (Entered: 04/21/2017)
2017-04-2810ORDER DENYING 9 Motion to Alter or Amend the Courts Minute Order and REFERRING case to a Magistrate Judge, to be assigned at random by the Clerk's Office, for Full Case Management, up to and excluding Trial. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 04/28/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
2017-04-28CASE RANDOMLY REFERRED to Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson for Full Case Management up to and excluding trial. (jd) (Entered: 05/02/2017)
2017-05-1811MOTION for Summary Judgment by ROBERT CHAPMAN (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit and Exhibits)(jf) (Entered: 05/19/2017)
2017-05-1812MOTION for Sanctions by ROBERT CHAPMAN (jf) (Entered: 05/19/2017)
2017-05-2313Memorandum in opposition to re 12 MOTION for Sanctions filed by INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hunsader, Joseph) (Entered: 05/23/2017)
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