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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01524
Date Filed2017-07-28
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amit P. Mehta
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED, INC.
Case DescriptionReporter Jason Leopold and Buzzfeed submitted three FOIA requests to the Department of Treasury for draft and final copies of Attorney General guidelines for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and guidelines for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests, but had not responded to any request when Leopold and Buzzfeed filed suit. Leopold and Buzzfeed submitted a request to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for records concerning Intelligence Community Inspector General investigations of FinCen. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and indicated it had started a search. Leopold and Buzzfeed also submitted a request to the Office of Special Counsel for records concerning whistleblower retaliation at Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. OCS responded that it found no records, and affirmed that decision on appeal. Leopold and Buzzfeed filed suit against all three agencies.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
DefendantOFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Washington, DC 20511
DefendantUS Department of the Treasury
DefendantOFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
DefendantOFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL
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2017-07-281COMPLAINT against OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, US Department of the Treasury ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5051724), CIVIL COVER SHEET by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED, INC. filed by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet, # 7 Summons, # 8 Summons, # 9 Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/28/2017)
2017-07-282REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE for the Attorney General of the United States filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD.(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/28/2017)
2017-07-283REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE for the United States Attorney's Office filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD.(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/28/2017)
2017-07-314REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE for the Office of Special Counsel filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD.(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
2017-07-315REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD.(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
2017-07-316REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE for the U.S. Department of the Treasury filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD.(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
2017-07-317REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE for the United States Attorney's Office filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD.(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
2017-07-318REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE for the Attorney General of the United States filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD.(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
2017-07-31Case Assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. (zsb) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
2017-07-319SUMMONS (5) Issued Electronically as to OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(zsb) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
2017-08-0410NOTICE of Appearance by Damon William Taaffe on behalf of All Defendants (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 08/04/2017)
2017-08-1511RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 8/04/2017. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 08/15/2017)
2017-08-1512RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/3/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 9/2/2017. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 08/15/2017)
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