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Case TitleLANTZ v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00940
Date Filed2017-05-18
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
PlaintiffJAMES LANTZ
Case DescriptionJames Lantz, a documentary filmmaker, submitted a FOIA request to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for records concerning a trademark application for "Eat More Kale." The agency disclosed 45 pages but withheld records under Exemption 5 (privileges) and Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy). Lantz filed an administrative appeal. The agency affirmed its Exemption 5 claims and disclosed an additional 52 pages. Lantz then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
DefendantU.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
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Complaint attachment 3
Complaint attachment 4
Complaint attachment 5
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2017-05-181COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4957182) filed by JAMES LANTZ. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons)(Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 05/18/2017)
2017-05-22Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (zsb) (Entered: 05/22/2017)
2017-05-222SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(zsb) (Entered: 05/22/2017)
2017-06-083RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 5/30/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 6/29/2017. (Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 06/08/2017)
2017-06-084RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 05/30/2017. (Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 06/08/2017)
2017-06-085RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE served on 5/25/2017 (Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 06/08/2017)
2017-06-086RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE served on 5/26/2017 (Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 06/08/2017)
2017-06-277NOTICE of Appearance by Alexander Daniel Shoaibi on behalf of All Defendants (Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 06/27/2017)
2017-06-278Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE (Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 06/27/2017)
2017-06-28MINUTE ORDER granting 8 Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendants shall respond to Plaintiff's Complaint no later than July 31, 2017. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 6/28/2017. (lccrc1) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-06-28Set/Reset Deadlines: Respond by 7/31/2017. (nbn) (Entered: 06/29/2017)
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