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Case TitleSmith v. United States Agency for International Development
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2017cv00741
Date Filed2017-02-14
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Maria-Elena James
PlaintiffMatt Smith
Case DescriptionMatt Smith, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, submitted a FOIA request to the U.S. Agency for International Development for communications between staff members in Malawi and organizations belonging to the Humana People to People movement. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and placed Smith in the news media fee category. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, Smith filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Agency for International Development
Complaint attachment 1
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2017-02-141COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552 et seq. against United States Agency for International Development ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-11157173.). Filed byMatt Smith. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 2/14/2017) (Entered: 02/14/2017)
2017-02-142Proposed Summons. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 2/14/2017) (Entered: 02/14/2017)
2017-02-143Certificate of Interested Entities by Matt Smith re 2 Proposed Summons, 1 Complaint, (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 2/14/2017) (Entered: 02/14/2017)
2017-02-154Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 3/1/2017. (cjlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/15/2017) (Entered: 02/15/2017)
2017-02-155Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 5/11/2017. Case Management Conference set for 5/18/2017 10:00 AM. (hdjS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/15/2017) Modified on 2/15/2017 (hdjS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 02/15/2017)
2017-02-156Summons Issued as to United States Agency for International Development, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (hdjS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/15/2017) (Entered: 02/15/2017)
2017-02-237NOTICE by Matt Smith re 3 Certificate of Interested Entities, 1 Complaint, 6 Summons Issued as to USA Plaintiff's Notice of Filing Original Proof of Service of Summons and Complaint (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 2/23/2017) (Entered: 02/23/2017)
2017-03-068CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Matt Smith.. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 3/6/2017) (Entered: 03/06/2017)
2017-03-179Plaintiff's Notice of Filing Proof of Service of Summons and Complaint re 1 Complaint, re 6 Summons Issued as to USA filed by Matt Smith. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 3/17/2017) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-03-2010ANSWER to Complaint byUnited States Agency for International Development. (Pereda, David) (Filed on 3/20/2017) (Entered: 03/20/2017)
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