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Case TitleREPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01701
Date Filed2017-08-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffREPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
Case DescriptionThe Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the FBI's practice of impersonating members of the media, specifically documentary filmmakers. The FBI divided the request in to four separate requests. For one request, it issued a Glomar response, neither confirming nor denying the existence of records, based on Exemption 7(E) (investigative methods and techniques). In response to the second request, the agency told the Reporters Committee it had not sufficiently described the records sought to allow the agency to conduct a search. As to the third request, the agency told the Reporters Committee that responsive records were being withheld under Exemption 7(A) (interference with ongoing investigation or proceeding). As to the fourth request, the agency indicated that it fell within the exception for unusual circumstances and would take longer to process as a result. The Reporters Committee filed an administrative appeal address all the requests. The Office of Information Policy acknowledged receipt of the appeal, but told the Reporters Committee it would not consider the delay appeal because no adverse determination had been made. After hearing nothing further from OIP, the Reporters Committee filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Fee Category - Media or Educational, Public Interest Fee Waiver

DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2017-08-211COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5083009) filed by REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit D, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Summons Summons for U.S. Attorney General, # 7 Summons Summons for Department of Justice, # 8 Summons Summons for Federal Bureau of Investigation, # 9 Summons Summons for U.S. Attorney)(Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 08/21/2017)
2017-08-21Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (sth) (Entered: 08/21/2017)
2017-08-212SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 08/21/2017)
2017-08-283NOTICE of Appearance by Johnny Hillary Walker, III on behalf of All Defendants (Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 08/28/2017)
2017-08-294RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 08/24/2017. (Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 08/29/2017)
2017-08-295RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/24/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 9/23/2017. (Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 08/29/2017)
2017-08-296RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION served on 8/24/2017 (Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 08/29/2017)
2017-08-297RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 8/24/2017 (Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 08/29/2017)
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