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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00588
Date Filed2017-03-31
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
Case DescriptionDavid Talbot, a reporter and author, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning passport and visa records for former CIA officer William King Harvey and Mark Wyatt, who was deceased, during 1948-1976. The agency eventually responded, indicating that it found no records concerning Harvey, but found some records concerning Wyatt. The agency disclosed five records in full and five in part. Talbot also submitted FOIA requests to the CIA for travel records concerning the two officers. He asked for a fee waiver as well. The agency granted him a fee waiver, but also indicated the search probably would not result in any fees. The CIA located 419 pages on Harvey and released them with redactions. However, it did not indicate whether there were any records on Wyatt. Talbot then filed suit against both agencies.
Complaint issues: Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2017-03-311COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4897317) filed by DAVID TALBOT. (Attachments: # 1 Summons AG Summons, # 2 Summons CIA Summons, # 3 Summons US Attorney Summons, # 4 Summons US DOS Summons, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Exhibit Ex 1, # 7 Exhibit Ex 2, # 8 Exhibit Ex 3, # 9 Exhibit Ex 4, # 10 Exhibit Ex 5, # 11 Exhibit Ex 6, # 12 Exhibit Ex 7, # 13 Exhibit Ex 8, # 14 Exhibit Ex 9, # 15 Exhibit Ex 10, # 16 Exhibit Ex 11, # 17 Exhibit Ex 12, # 18 Exhibit Ex 13)(Hardway, Dan) (Entered: 03/31/2017)
2017-04-022NOTICE of Appearance by James H. Lesar on behalf of DAVID TALBOT (Lesar, James) (Entered: 04/02/2017)
2017-04-04Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (sb) (Entered: 04/04/2017)
2017-04-043SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(sb) (Entered: 04/04/2017)
2017-04-194RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/10/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/10/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Web Receipt, # 2 Exhibit Return Receipt, # 3 Exhibit Web Receipt)(Hardway, Dan) (Entered: 04/19/2017)
2017-04-195NOTICE of Appearance by Johnny Hillary Walker, III on behalf of All Defendants (Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 04/19/2017)
2017-04-246MOTION to Issue Summons by DAVID TALBOT (Attachments: # 1 Summons Corrected USDOS Summons)(Hardway, Dan) (Entered: 04/24/2017)
2017-04-247NOTICE by DAVID TALBOT re 6 MOTION to Issue Summons (Hardway, Dan) (Entered: 04/24/2017)
2017-05-01MINUTE ORDER granting 6 Plaintiff's Motion to Re-Issue the Summons. It is hereby ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall RE-ISSUE the summons with the corrected address. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 5/1/2017. (lccrc2) (Entered: 05/01/2017)
2017-05-028SUMMONS (1) Re-Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (zrdj) Modified on 5/2/2017 (zrdj). (Entered: 05/02/2017)
2017-05-089Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint,, by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 05/08/2017)
2017-05-09MINUTE ORDER granting 9 Defendants' Motion for Extension of Time to file an Answer. It is hereby ORDERED that Defendants shall file an answer to Plaintiff's complaint on or by May 26, 2017. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 5/9/2017. (lccrc2) (Entered: 05/09/2017)
2017-05-10Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 5/26/2017. (lsj) (Entered: 05/10/2017)
2017-05-2610ANSWER to Complaint by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 05/26/2017)
2017-05-26MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a 1 Complaint and 10 Answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by June 9, 2017. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 5/26/2017. (lccrc2) (Entered: 05/26/2017)
2017-05-26Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 6/9/2017 (lsj) (Entered: 05/26/2017)
2017-06-0911Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 06/09/2017)
2017-06-09MINUTE ORDER: In light of 11 parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that parties shall file another Joint Status Report on or by July 24, 2017 informing the Court of the status of their discussions and, if necessary, proposing a briefing schedule. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 6/9/17. (lccrc2) (Entered: 06/09/2017)
2017-06-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/24/2017. (nbn) (Entered: 06/12/2017)
2017-06-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/24/2017. (nbn) (Entered: 06/12/2017)
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