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Case TitlePROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC. et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01193
Date Filed2017-06-18
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge James E. Boasberg
PlaintiffPROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC.
PlaintiffRYAN NOAH SHAPIRO
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
Case DescriptionProperty of the People, a non-profit dedicated to government transparency, journalist Jason Leopold, and researcher Ryan Shapiro submitted FOIA requests to the FBI for records concerning Donald Trump. The FBI issued a Glomar response neither confirming nor denying the existence of records. The requesters filed administrative appeals with the Office of Information Policy. After hearing nothing further, Property of the People, Leopold, and Shapiro filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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Complaint
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
Complaint attachment 3
Complaint attachment 4
Opinion/Order [25]
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2017-06-181COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4995873) filed by PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., JASON LEOPOLD, RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons Attorney General, # 3 Summons Department of Justice, # 4 Summons USAO-DC)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 06/18/2017)
2017-06-182LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 06/18/2017)
2017-06-19Case Assigned to Judge James E. Boasberg. (jd) (Entered: 06/19/2017)
2017-06-193SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Forms)(jd) (Entered: 06/19/2017)
2017-06-234RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 06/20/2017., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 6/20/2017. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 7/20/2017.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 6/20/2017 (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 06/23/2017)
2017-07-115NOTICE of Appearance by Marina Utgoff Braswell on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 07/11/2017)
2017-07-206ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 07/20/2017)
2017-07-21MINUTE ORDER: The Court ORDERS that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a proposed briefing schedule by August 4, 2017. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 7/21/2017. (lcjeb1) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-21Set/Reset Deadlines: Meet, confer, and submit a proposed briefing schedule by 8/4/2017. (nbn) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-08-047Joint STATUS REPORT by JASON LEOPOLD, PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 08/04/2017)
2017-08-07MINUTE ORDER: Pursuant to the parties' 7 Joint Status Report, the Court ORDERS that they provide a further joint status report on or before September 11, 2017. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 8/7/2017. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 08/07/2017)
2017-09-118Joint STATUS REPORT by JASON LEOPOLD, PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 09/11/2017)
2017-09-11MINUTE ORDER: Pursuant to the parties' 8 Joint Status Report, the Court ORDERS that they provide a further joint status report on or before October 11, 2017. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 9/11/2017. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 09/11/2017)
2017-10-119Joint STATUS REPORT by JASON LEOPOLD, PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 10/11/2017)
2017-10-12MINUTE ORDER: Per the parties' 9 Joint Status Report, the Court ORDERS that: 1) Defendant shall file its Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on or before November 14, 2017; 2) Plaintiffs shall file their Opposition and Cross-Motion on or before December 14, 2017; 3) Defendant shall file its Reply and Opposition on or before January 12, 2018; 4) Plaintiffs shall file their Reply on or before February 1, 2018; and 5) the parties shall file another Joint Status Report on or before November 14, 2017. So ORDERED by Judge James E. Boasberg on 10/12/2017. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 10/12/2017)
2017-10-12Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/14/2017. Summary Judgment motions due by 11/14/2017. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 12/14/2017. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 1/12/2018. Replies due by 2/1/2018. (nbn) (Entered: 10/12/2017)
2017-11-1310Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Motion for Summary Judgment in Part by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 11/13/2017)
2017-11-14MINUTE ORDER GRANTING 10 Motion for Extension of Time to File. The Court ORDERS that 1) Defendant shall file its Motion for Summary Judgment on or before November 17, 2017; and 2) Plaintiffs shall file their Opposition on or before December 18, 2017. So ORDERED by Judge James E. Boasberg on 11/14/2017. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 11/14/2017)
2017-11-14Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 11/17/2017. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 12/18/2017. (nbn) (Entered: 11/14/2017)
2017-11-1411Joint STATUS REPORT by JASON LEOPOLD, PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 11/14/2017)
2017-11-14MINUTE ORDER: Per the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, the Court ORDERS that they shall file a further joint status report on or before January 12, 2018. So ORDERED by Judge James E. Boasberg on 11/14/2017. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 11/14/2017)
2017-11-14Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 1/12/2018. (nbn) (Entered: 11/14/2017)
2017-11-1712MOTION for Summary Judgment in Part by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Hardy Declaration, # 2 Hardy Declaration - Exhibits)(Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 11/17/2017)
2017-12-1813Memorandum in opposition to re 12 MOTION for Summary Judgment in Part filed by JASON LEOPOLD, PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - FBI file on Fred Trump, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Mercury News article, # 3 Statement of Facts, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 12/18/2017)
2017-12-1814Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by JASON LEOPOLD, PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - FBI file on Fred Trump, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Mercury News article, # 3 Statement of Facts, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 12/18/2017)
2018-01-1015Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment , 12 MOTION for Summary Judgment in Part by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 01/10/2018)
2018-01-10MINUTE ORDER GRANTING 15 Motion for Extension of Time to File. The Court ORDERS that Defendant shall respond to Plaintiff's Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment on or before January 26, 2018. So ORDERED by Judge James E. Boasberg on 1/10/2018. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 01/10/2018)
2018-01-10Set/Reset Deadlines: Responses due by 1/26/2018. (nbn) (Entered: 01/11/2018)
2018-01-1416Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 01/14/2018)
2018-01-16MINUTE ORDER: Per the parties' 16 Joint Status Report, the Court ORDERS that they shall file a further joint status report on or before March 9, 2018. So ORDERED by Judge James E. Boasberg on 1/16/2018. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 01/16/2018)
2018-01-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 3/9/2018. (nbn) (Entered: 01/16/2018)
2018-01-2617Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment , 12 MOTION for Summary Judgment in Part by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 01/26/2018)
2018-01-29MINUTE ORDER GRANTING 17 Motion for Extension of Time to File. The Court ORDERS that: 1) Defendant shall file its Response/Reply on or before January 29, 2018; and 2) Plaintiffs shall reply on or before February 26, 2018. So ORDERED by Judge James E. Boasberg on 1/29/2018. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 01/29/2018)
2018-01-29Set/Reset Deadlines: Responses due by 1/29/2018. Replies due by 2/26/2018. (znbn) (Entered: 01/29/2018)
2018-01-2918Memorandum in opposition to re 14 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Statement of Facts -Response, # 2 Second Hardy Declaration)(Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 01/29/2018)
2018-01-2919REPLY to opposition to motion re 12 MOTION for Summary Judgment in Part filed by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Second Hardy Declaration)(Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 01/29/2018)
2018-01-2920ENTERED IN ERROR.....NOTICE of Filing of Second Hardy Declaration by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE re 18 Memorandum in Opposition, 19 Reply to opposition to Motion (Attachments: # 1 Second Hardy Declaration)(Braswell, Marina) Modified on 1/30/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 01/29/2018)
2018-01-2921NOTICE of Filing of Second Hardy Declaration by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE re 18 Memorandum in Opposition, 19 Reply to opposition to Motion (Attachments: # 1 Second Hardy Declaration)(Braswell, Marina) Modified on 1/30/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 01/29/2018)
2018-01-30NOTICE OF CORRECTED DOCKET ENTRY: Docket Entry 20 Notice (Other) was entered in error and was refiled by counsel as Docket Entry 21 Notice (Other). (znmw) (Entered: 01/30/2018)
2018-02-2622REPLY to opposition to motion re 14 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by JASON LEOPOLD, PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - The Washington Post interview transcript)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 02/26/2018)
2018-03-0923Joint STATUS REPORT by JASON LEOPOLD, PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 03/09/2018)
2018-03-12MINUTE ORDER: Per the parties' suggestion, the Court ORDERS that they shall submit a further joint status report on or before May 9, 2018. So ORDERED by Judge James E. Boasberg on 3/12/2018. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 03/12/2018)
2018-03-12Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 5/9/2018. (nbn) (Entered: 03/12/2018)
2018-04-2324ORDER: The Court ORDERS that: 1) Defendant's 12 Motion for Partial Summary Judgment is DENIED; and 2) Plaintiffs' 14 Cross-Motion for Partial Summary Judgment is DENIED. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 4/23/2018. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 04/23/2018)
2018-04-2325MEMORANDUM OPINION re 24 Order denying Defendant's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and Plaintiffs' Cross-Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 4/23/2018. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 04/23/2018)
2018-05-0926Joint STATUS REPORT by JASON LEOPOLD, PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 05/09/2018)
2018-05-10MINUTE ORDER: Per the parties' suggestion, the Court ORDERS that they shall file a further joint status report on or before July 13, 2018. So ORDERED by Judge James E. Boasberg on 5/10/2018. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 05/10/2018)
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