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Case TitleJUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00916
Date Filed2017-05-16
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
PlaintiffJUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning contacts with Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who had investigated Donald Trump's potential connections to Russia. 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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2017-05-161COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4953276) 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)(Peterson, James) (Entered: 05/16/2017)
2017-05-162LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Peterson, James) (Entered: 05/16/2017)
2017-05-16Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (md) (Entered: 05/18/2017)
2017-05-193SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (jf) (Entered: 05/19/2017)
2017-05-264RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 5/26/2017. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 6/25/2017.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 5/26/2017., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 5/26/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Peterson, James) (Entered: 05/26/2017)
2017-06-265NOTICE of Appearance by James O. Bickford on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Bickford, James) (Entered: 06/26/2017)
2017-06-266ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Bickford, James) (Entered: 06/26/2017)
2017-06-27MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a 1 Complaint and an 6 Answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by July 14, 2017. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 6/27/2017. (lccrc2) (Entered: 06/27/2017)
2017-06-28Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 7/14/2017 (lsj) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-07-147Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Bickford, James) (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-07-18MINUTE ORDER: In light of 7 parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the summary-judgment briefing schedule be established as follows: Defendant's motion for summary judgment shall be due on or by September 15, 2017; Plaintiff's cross-motion and opposition to Defendant's motion shall be due on or by October 20, 2017; Defendant's opposition and reply in support of its motion shall be due on or by November 17, 2017; and Plaintiff's reply shall be due on or by December 8, 2017. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 7/18/2017. (lccrc2) (Entered: 07/18/2017)
2017-09-138Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Motion for Summary Judgment by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Bickford, James) (Entered: 09/13/2017)
2017-09-15MINUTE ORDER granting 8 Defendant's Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Summary Judgment. The following briefing schedule shall now apply: Defendant shall file its Motion for Summary Judgment by September 25, 2017. Plaintiff shall file its Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment and Opposition by November 3, 2017. Defendant shall file its Opposition and Reply by November 30, 2017. Plaintiff shall file its Reply by December 22, 2017. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 9/15/17. (lccrc2) Modified on 9/15/2017 (zlsj). (Entered: 09/15/2017)
2017-09-259MOTION for Summary Judgment by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Statement of Facts, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Bickford, James) (Entered: 09/25/2017)
2017-09-2510AFFIDAVIT Declaration of David M. Hardy by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit)(Bickford, James) (Entered: 09/25/2017)
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