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Case TitleJUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00832
Date Filed2017-05-05
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffJUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for emails sent or received by former Acting Attorney Genera Sally Yates from January 21 through January 31, 2017. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Judicial Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2017-05-051COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4941494) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons U.S. Attorney, # 3 Summons U.S. Attorney General, # 4 Summons U.S. Department of Justice)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 05/05/2017)
2017-05-052LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 05/05/2017)
2017-05-05Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (sth) (Entered: 05/05/2017)
2017-05-053SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 05/05/2017)
2017-05-104ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on May 10, 2017. (NS) (Entered: 05/10/2017)
2017-05-115RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 5/9/2017. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 6/8/2017.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 5/9/17., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 5/9/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 05/11/2017)
2017-06-086NOTICE of Appearance by James O. Bickford on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Bickford, James) (Entered: 06/08/2017)
2017-06-087ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Bickford, James) (Entered: 06/08/2017)
2017-06-168ORDER. The parties shall file a schedule not later than July 17, 2017. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 6/16/2017. (lcckk1) (Entered: 06/16/2017)
2017-06-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/17/2017. (dot) (Entered: 06/20/2017)
2017-07-179Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Bickford, James) (Entered: 07/17/2017)
2017-07-27MINUTE ORDER: The Court is in receipt of the parties' 9 Joint Status Report, which indicates that Defendant intends to produce all responsive, non-exempt records by November 24, 2017. Accordingly, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report by DECEMBER 23, 2017, updating the Court on how the parties intend to proceed, and proposing a briefing schedule if necessary. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 7/27/2017. (lcckk1) (Entered: 07/27/2017)
2017-07-27Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/23/2017. (dot) (Entered: 07/28/2017)
2017-07-27Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer to complaint due by 8/25/2017. (dot) (Entered: 07/28/2017)
2017-12-2010NOTICE of Appearance by James F. Peterson on behalf of JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Peterson, James) (Entered: 12/20/2017)
2017-12-2111Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Bickford, James) (Entered: 12/21/2017)
2018-01-03MINUTE ORDER: The Court is in receipt of the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, which indicates that Defendant "has completed its production and processing of records responsive to Plaintiff's request," has withheld certain documents in full or in part, and disagrees with Plaintiff's proposal that Defendant should be required to provide a draft search declaration and draft Vaughn index at this stage in the litigation. The Court agrees with Defendant that Plaintiff's request for a search declaration and Vaughn index is premature. See, e.g. , Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Wash. v. Fed. Election Comm'n , 711 F.3d 180, 187 n.5 (D.C. Cir. 2013) (observing that "district courts typically rely on [ Vaughn indices] in adjudicating summary judgment motions in FOIA cases"). The Court adopts the parties' proposal that they submit a further Joint Status Report by FEBRUARY 8, 2018 . This report shall address the status of the parties' efforts to narrow or eliminate the remaining issues in this case and shall propose a briefing schedule if necessary. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on January 3, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 01/03/2018)
2018-01-03Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 2/8/2018. (dot) (Entered: 01/03/2018)
2018-02-0812Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Bickford, James) (Entered: 02/08/2018)
2018-02-09MINUTE ORDER: The Court is in receipt of the parties' 12 Joint Status Report, which indicates that Defendant has agreed to produce a draft Vaughn index by March 22, 2018, of all documents withheld in full, and all withholdings in part except for those made pursuant to Freedom of Information Act Exemptions 6 or 7(C). The Court adopts the parties' proposal that they submit a further Joint Status Report by APRIL 30, 2018 . This report shall address the status of the parties' efforts to narrow or eliminate the remaining issues in this case and shall propose a briefing schedule if necessary. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on February 9, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 02/09/2018)
2018-02-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 4/30/2018. Defendant's draft Vaughn Index due by 3/22/2018. (dot) (Entered: 02/28/2018)
2018-04-3013Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Bickford, James) (Entered: 04/30/2018)
2018-05-10MINUTE ORDER: The Court is in receipt of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report, which indicates that Defendant has produced a draft Vaughn index, that Defendant has made a supplemental production, and that Plaintiff has reviewed both and indicated to Defendant that it wants to discuss further certain of the withholdings. The Court adopts the parties' proposal that they submit a further Joint Status Report by JUNE 29, 2018 . This report shall address the status of the parties' efforts to narrow or eliminate the remaining issues in this case and shall propose a briefing schedule if necessary. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on May 10, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 05/10/2018)
2018-05-10Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/29/2018 as to the parties' efforts to narrow or eliminate the remaining issues. (dot) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
2018-06-2914Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Bickford, James) (Entered: 06/29/2018)
2018-07-12MINUTE ORDER: The Court is in receipt of the parties' 14 Joint Status Report, which indicates that the parties have discussed their remaining issues and continue to "hope to resolve some of them amicably," but that they expect to require the Court's decision as to at least some of these disputes. Accordingly, the Court adopts the parties' proposed schedule for summary judgment briefing in the accompanying Scheduling and Procedures Order. Should the parties ultimately determine that they are able to resolve all of their issues, they shall promptly notify the Court. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on July 12, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 07/12/2018)
2018-07-1215SCHEDULING AND PROCEDURES ORDER. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on July 12, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 07/12/2018)
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