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Case TitleJohnson v. CIA
DistrictDistrict of Massachusetts
Case Number1:2017cv10789
Date Filed2017-05-04
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Judith G. Dein
Case DescriptionAmanda Johnson, a doctoral student at MIT, submitted a FOIA request to the CIA for records concerning the development and operation of the agency's Twitter account. The agency acknowledged receipt of her request. Johnson contacted the agency on several occasions and was told her request was being processed. Although the agency told her it still had not completed her request, the CIA's annual FOIA report seemed to indicate the agency had processed more than 1,000 requests received after hers. She then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantCentral Intelligence Agency
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2017-05-041COMPLAINT against All Defendants Filing fee: $ 400, receipt number 0101-6613041 (Fee Status: Filing Fee paid), filed by AMANDA JOHNSON. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit D, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet Category Form)(Sellars, Andrew) (Entered: 05/04/2017)
2017-05-042ELECTRONIC NOTICE of Case Assignment. Judge George A. OToole, Jr assigned to case. If the trial Judge issues an Order of Reference of any matter in this case to a Magistrate Judge, the matter will be transmitted to Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein. (Abaid, Kimberly) (Entered: 05/04/2017)
2017-05-043Summons Issued as to Central Intelligence Agency. Counsel receiving this notice electronically should download this summons, complete one for each defendant and serve it in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 4 and LR 4.1. Summons will be mailed to plaintiff(s) not receiving notice electronically for completion of service. (Abaid, Kimberly) (Entered: 05/04/2017)
2017-05-244AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE Executed by AMANDA JOHNSON. Central Intelligence Agency served on 5/24/2017, answer due 6/14/2017. Acknowledgement filed by AMANDA JOHNSON. (Sellars, Andrew) (Entered: 05/24/2017)
2017-05-305NOTICE of Appearance by Anita Johnson on behalf of Central Intelligence Agency (Johnson, Anita) (Entered: 05/30/2017)
2017-06-236Assented to MOTION for Extension of Time to 7/24/2017 to File Answer by Central Intelligence Agency.(Johnson, Anita) (Entered: 06/23/2017)
2017-06-277Judge George A. O'Toole, Jr: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 6 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer re 1 Complaint, Central Intelligence Agency answer due 7/24/2017. (Halley, Taylor) (Entered: 06/27/2017)
2017-07-218ANSWER to Complaint by Central Intelligence Agency.(Johnson, Anita) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-08-019NOTICE of Scheduling Conference Scheduling Conference set for 9/18/2017 02:00 PM in Courtroom 22 before Judge George A. OToole Jr.. Please mark your calendars accordingly.(Lyness, Paul) (Entered: 08/01/2017)
2017-08-2910Proposed Document(s) submitted by Central Intelligence Agency. Document received: Proposed Schedule of the Case. (Johnson, Anita) (Entered: 08/29/2017)
2017-09-1311CONSENT by all parties to Jurisdiction by US Magistrate Judge by AMANDA JOHNSON.. (Sellars, Andrew) (Entered: 09/13/2017)
2017-09-1412ELECTRONIC NOTICE of Case Reassignment. Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein assigned to case. (adminn, ) (Entered: 09/14/2017)
2017-09-1513NOTICE RESETTING HEARING. The Scheduling Conference scheduled for 9/18/2017 is reset for 02:30 PM in Courtroom 15 before Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein. (Dambrosio, Jolyne) (Entered: 09/15/2017)
2017-09-1814Electronic Clerk's Notes for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein: Scheduling Conference held on 9/18/2017. case called; Counsel report case type and scope of discovery required. USMJ Dein sets 11/3/17 for joint status report due. (Court Reporter: Digital Recording.) To order a copy of this Digital Recording, please go to . For a transcript of this proceeding, contact Deborah Scalfani by email at present: Sellars and Johnson) (Quinn, Thomas) (Entered: 09/18/2017)
2017-09-1915Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein: ORDER entered. SCHEDULING ORDER: The parties shall file a joint status report by 11/3/17. Should the parties require a pleading schedule, they shall propose one in the joint status report due 11/3/17. (Dambrosio, Jolyne) (Entered: 09/19/2017)
2017-10-0616Joint MOTION to Modify Scheduling Order by AMANDA JOHNSON.(Sellars, Andrew) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-1017Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 16 Joint Motion to Modify Scheduling Order. (Dambrosio, Jolyne) (Entered: 10/10/2017)
2017-10-1018Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein: ORDER entered. SCHEDULING ORDER: As agreed, Defendant will respond to Plaintiff's FOIA request, delivering all responsive records by October 20, 2017, at 5pm EDT. If Defendant denies production of any responsive documents, Defendant will at that time include a cover letter or declaration to identify the number of documents denied and the applicable exemptions. Defendant will mark redactions in produced documents with the FOIA exemption number that Defendant regards as applicable. The parties shall file a joint status report by 11/3/17. Should the parties require a pleading schedule, they shall propose one in the joint status report due 11/3/17. (Dambrosio, Jolyne) (Entered: 10/10/2017)
2017-11-0219STATUS REPORT (Joint) by AMANDA JOHNSON. (Sellars, Andrew) (Entered: 11/02/2017)
2017-11-0720Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered. Having reviewed the parties' Joint Status Report (Docket No. 19), it is hereby ORDERED as follows. This case will proceed by way of summary judgment motions. The defendant is cautioned, however, that detailed affidavits will be required, including affidavits that squarely address plaintiff's claims that the agency possesses the information sought and that the search was inadequate. See Hall v. CIA, __ F.3d __, No. 04-cv-814, 2017 WL 3328149, at *9 (D.D.C. Aug. 9, 2017); Moffat v. DOJ, No. 09-cv-12067-DJC, 2011 WL 3475440, at *6 (D. Mass. Aug. 5, 2011). The defendant shall file its motion for summary judgment by January 15, 2018. The plaintiff shall file her pleading by February 15, 2018. (Dambrosio, Jolyne) (Entered: 11/07/2017)
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