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Case TitleElectronic Frontier Foundation v. US Department of Justice
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2017cv03263
Date Filed2017-06-07
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeHon. Vince Chhabria
PlaintiffElectronic Frontier Foundation
Case DescriptionThe Electronic Frontier Foundation submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the review of National Security Letter procedures. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but told EFF that it could not locate a main file responsive to the request. EFF filed an administrative appeal. After the agency failed to respond to EFF's appeal, EFF filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Justice
Complaint attachment 1
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2017-06-071COMPLAINT against US Department of Justice ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-11450954.). Filed byElectronic Frontier Foundation. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Crocker, Andrew) (Filed on 6/7/2017) (Entered: 06/07/2017)
2017-06-072Proposed Summons. (Crocker, Andrew) (Filed on 6/7/2017) (Entered: 06/07/2017)
2017-06-073Certificate of Interested Entities by Electronic Frontier Foundation (Crocker, Andrew) (Filed on 6/7/2017) (Entered: 06/07/2017)
2017-06-074NOTICE of Appearance by Aaron David Mackey (Mackey, Aaron) (Filed on 6/7/2017) (Entered: 06/07/2017)
2017-06-075Case assigned to Hon. Vince Chhabria. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. (cfeS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/7/2017) (Entered: 06/07/2017)
2017-06-096Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: This case is assigned to a judge who participates in the Cameras in the Courtroom Pilot Project. See General Order 65 and Case Management Statement due by 8/29/2017. Initial Case Management Conference set for 9/5/2017 01:30 PM in Courtroom 4, 17th Floor, San Francisco. (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Eligibility for Video Recording)(farS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/9/2017) (Entered: 06/09/2017)
2017-06-097Summons Issued as to United States Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (farS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/9/2017) (Entered: 06/09/2017)
2017-06-138SUMMONS Returned Executed (FOIA) by Electronic Frontier Foundation. United States Department of Justice served on 6/9/2017, answer due 7/10/2017. (Crocker, Andrew) (Filed on 6/13/2017) (Entered: 06/13/2017)
2017-07-109NOTICE of Appearance by Julia Alexandra Berman (Berman, Julia) (Filed on 7/10/2017) (Entered: 07/10/2017)
2017-07-1010ANSWER to Complaint byUnited States Department of Justice. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Berman, Julia) (Filed on 7/10/2017) (Entered: 07/10/2017)
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