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Case TitleMakuhari Media LLC et al v. Federal Bureau Of Investigation
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2017cv03081
Date Filed2017-04-27
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Richard J. Sullivan
PlaintiffMakuhari Media LLC
PlaintiffRyan Rodenberg
TERMINATED: 05/04/2017
Case DescriptionMakuhari Media, a production company making documentary films, and Ryan Rodenberg, an academic researcher, submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the agency's 2007 investigation of NBA referee Tim Donaghy for interfering with basketball games to benefit a professional gambler. The agency denied the request because Makuhari Media and Rodenberg had not provided Privacy Act waivers for various identified individuals, including Donaghy. Makuhari Media and Rodenberg filed an administrative appeal, arguing that much of the information related to the investigation had already been made public and that there was a public interest in knowing about the investigation. The FBI acknowledged receipt of the appeal, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Makuhari Media and Rodenberg filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantFederal Bureau Of Investigation
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2017-04-271COMPLAINT against Federal Bureau Of Investigation. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number 0208-13593913)Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC, Ryan Rodenberg. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G)(Novack, Daniel) (Entered: 04/27/2017)
2017-04-272CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (Novack, Daniel) (Entered: 04/27/2017)
2017-04-273RULE 7.1 CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. No Corporate Parent. Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC.(Novack, Daniel) (Entered: 04/27/2017)
2017-04-274REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to Federal Bureau of Investigation, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC, Ryan Rodenberg. (Novack, Daniel) (Entered: 04/27/2017)
2017-04-28CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge Richard J. Sullivan. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/judges/District . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Please download and review the ECF Rules and Instructions, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf_filing.php . (jvs) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
2017-04-28Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein is so designated. (jvs) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
2017-04-28Case Designated ECF. (jvs) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
2017-04-28***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING PARTY MODIFICATION. Notice to attorney Daniel Richard Novack. The party information for the following party/parties has been modified: Dr. Ryan Rodenberg. The information for the party/parties has been modified for the following reason/reasons: party text was omitted. (jvs) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
2017-04-285ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Federal Bureau Of Investigation. (jvs) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
2017-05-026FILING ERROR - PDF ERROR - AMENDED COMPLAINT amending 1 Complaint, against Federal Bureau Of Investigation.Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC. Related document: 1 Complaint, filed by Makuhari Media LLC, Ryan Rodenberg. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G)(Novack, Daniel) Modified on 5/3/2017 (pc). (Entered: 05/02/2017)
2017-05-027FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT PLEADING - SUMMONS REQUESTED IS NOT AN AMENDED SUMMONS - REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF AMENDED SUMMONS as to Federal Bureau of Investigation, re: 6 Amended Complaint,. Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC. (Novack, Daniel) Modified on 5/3/2017 (pc). (Entered: 05/02/2017)
2017-05-03***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT PLEADING. Notice to Attorney Daniel Richard Novack to RE-FILE Document No. 6 Amended Complaint,. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): Caption title must indicate "Amended Complaint". Re-file the pleading using the event type Amended Complaint found under the event list Complaints and Other Initiating Documents - attach the correct signed PDF - select the individually named filer/filers - select the individually named party/parties the pleading is against. (pc) (Entered: 05/03/2017)
2017-05-03***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS. Notice to Attorney to RE-FILE Document No. 7 Request for Issuance of Amended Summons,. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): Please include the word "Amended" in front of "Summons in a Civil Action". Re-file the document using the event type Request for Issuance of Amended Summons found under the event list Service of Process - select the correct filer/filers - and attach the correct summons form PDF. (pc) (Entered: 05/03/2017)
2017-05-038AMENDED COMPLAINT amending 1 Complaint, against Federal Bureau Of Investigation.Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC. Related document: 1 Complaint, filed by Makuhari Media LLC, Ryan Rodenberg. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G)(Novack, Daniel) (Entered: 05/03/2017)
2017-05-039FILING ERROR - DUPLICATE DOCKET ENTRY AMENDED COMPLAINT amending 1 Complaint, against Federal Bureau Of Investigation.Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC. Related document: 1 Complaint, filed by Makuhari Media LLC, Ryan Rodenberg. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G)(Novack, Daniel) Modified on 5/4/2017 (pc). (Entered: 05/03/2017)
2017-05-0310REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF AMENDED SUMMONS as to Federal Bureau of Investigation, re: 8 Amended Complaint,. Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC. (Novack, Daniel) (Entered: 05/03/2017)
2017-05-0411ELECTRONIC AMENDED SUMMONS ISSUED as to Federal Bureau Of Investigation. (pc) (Entered: 05/04/2017)
2017-05-0812AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE of Summons and Amended Complaint,. Federal Bureau Of Investigation served on 5/8/2017, answer due 7/7/2017. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC. (Novack, Daniel) (Entered: 05/08/2017)
2017-05-0913ORDER: Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that the parties shall appear for an initial conference on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 905 of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, New York, New York. It is further ordered that, by July 7, 2017, the parties shall jointly submit a letter, not to exceed five (5) pages, providing the following information in separate paragraphs: as further set forth in this order. It is further ordered that, by July 7, 2017, the parties shall submit to the Court a proposed case management plan and scheduling order. A template for the order is available at : http//www.nysd.uscourts.gov/judge/Sullivan. The status letter and the proposed case management plan should be filed on ECF and emailed to my Chambers at the following address: sullivanNYSDchambers@nysd.uscourts.gov.Please consult my Individual Rules with respect to communications with Chambers and related matters. Plaintiff shall serve Defendant with a copy of this Order and file a certificate of service on ECF indicating that this service was effectuated. Defendant shall thereafter file a notice of appearance through ECF. So Ordered ( Initial Conference set for 7/14/2017 at 09:45 AM in Courtroom 905, 40 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007 before Judge Richard J. Sullivan.) (Signed by Judge Richard J. Sullivan on 5/8/2017) (js) (Entered: 05/09/2017)
2017-06-0814NOTICE OF APPEARANCE by Samuel Hilliard Dolinger on behalf of Federal Bureau Of Investigation. (Dolinger, Samuel) (Entered: 06/08/2017)
2017-06-0815CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE (FOIA CASE). Document filed by Makuhari Media LLC. (Novack, Daniel) (Entered: 06/08/2017)
2017-06-0916ANSWER to 8 Amended Complaint,. Document filed by Federal Bureau Of Investigation.(Dolinger, Samuel) (Entered: 06/09/2017)
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