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Case TitleGottfried v. U.S. Department of State
DistrictEastern District of New York
Case Number1:2017cv05210
Date Filed2017-09-05
Date Closed2018-05-02
JudgeJudge Ann M Donnelly
PlaintiffBradley Gottfried
Case DescriptionBradley Gottfried submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning the agency's position that it is not required to determine if a foreign country receiving U.S. aid has had a coup d'etat. After waiting more than three years for a response, Gottfied finally filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Department of State
Complaint attachment 1
Opinion/Order [11]
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2017-09-051COMPLAINT against U.S. Department of State, filed by Bradley Gottfried. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet) (Bowens, Priscilla) (Entered: 09/06/2017)
2017-09-052Summons Issued as to U.S. Department of State, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Bowens, Priscilla) (Entered: 09/06/2017)
2017-09-05FILING FEE: $ 400, receipt number 4653118909 (Bowens, Priscilla) (Entered: 09/06/2017)
2017-09-063In accordance with Rule 73 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rule 73.1, the parties are notified that if all parties consent a United States magistrate judge of this court is available to conduct all proceedings in this civil action including a (jury or nonjury) trial and to order the entry of a final judgment. Attached to the Notice is a blank copy of the consent form that should be filled out, signed and filed electronically only if all parties wish to consent. The form may also be accessed at the following link: . You may withhold your consent without adverse substantive consequences . Do NOT return or file the consent unless all parties have signed the consent. (Bowens, Priscilla) (Entered: 09/06/2017)
2017-09-07ORDER REASSIGNING CASE. Case reassigned to Judge Ann M Donnelly for all further proceedings. Chief Judge Dora Lizette Irizarry no longer assigned to case Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned Judges, located on our website . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Ordered by Chief Judge Dora Lizette Irizarry on 9/7/2017. (Bowens, Priscilla) (Entered: 09/07/2017)
2017-09-084MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 150, receipt number 0207-9812886. by Bradley Gottfried. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit In Support of Motion, # 2 Admission Information GA Certificate of Good Standing) (Perez-Matos, Cecilia) (Entered: 09/08/2017)
2017-09-115ORDER, granting 4 Notice of Motion to Admit Counsel Pro Hac Vice . The admitted attorney Cecilia Perez-Matos , as a member of the firm of The Perez-Matos Law Firm, as attorney pro hac vice is permitted to argue or try this case in whole or in part as counsel for Plaintiff Bradley Gottfried . SO ORDERED by Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom, on 9/11/2017. (The attorney shall file a notice of appearance and ensure that s/he receives electronic notification of activity in this case. (Latka-Mucha, Wieslawa) (Entered: 09/12/2017)
2017-09-136NOTICE of Appearance by Cecilia Perez-Matos on behalf of Bradley Gottfried (notification declined or already on case) (Perez-Matos, Cecilia) (Entered: 09/13/2017)
2017-10-127AMENDED COMPLAINT against U.S. Department of State, filed by Bradley Gottfried. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Exhibit 7) (Perez-Matos, Cecilia) (Entered: 10/12/2017)
2017-12-058ORDER: Plaintiff commenced this action against defendant on September 5, 2017. ECF No. 1. Under Rule 4(m), plaintiff was required to serve the summons and complaint on defendant by December 4, 2017. To date, plaintiff has failed to file proof that defendant has been served. Instead, plaintiff filed an amended complaint on October 12, 2017. ECF No. 7. By December 15, 2017, plaintiff shall file proof that defendant was served with the summons and amended complaint by December 4, 2017, or show good cause why such service was not timely made on defendant. If plaintiff fails to file proof of service with the Court or to show good cause why service was not timely made by December 15, 2017, I shall recommend that this case should be dismissed without prejudice. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). See Attached Order. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom on 12/5/2017. (Doody, Sara) (Entered: 12/05/2017)
2018-01-089SUMMONS Returned Executed by Bradley Gottfried. U.S. Department of State served on 1/8/2018, answer due 1/29/2018. (Perez-Matos, Cecilia) (Entered: 01/08/2018)
2018-04-1610SUA SPONTE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: Plaintiff has failed to timely serve defendant, and plaintiff has failed to show good cause why defendant was not properly served within the time provided under Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). Because plaintiff has failed to show good cause why service was not timely made on defendant, it is respectfully recommended that plaintiff's action should be dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, this action should be dismissed pursuant to Rule 4(m). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Rule 72(b)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the parties shall have 14 days from service of this Report to file written objections. SO ORDERED by Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom, on 4/16/2018. C/mailed. (Objections to R&R due by 4/30/2018.) (Latka-Mucha, Wieslawa) (Entered: 04/16/2018)
2018-05-0111ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION. The action is dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Rule 4(m). Ordered by Judge Ann M. Donnelly on 5/1/2018. (Greene, Donna) (Entered: 05/01/2018)
2018-05-0212CLERK'S JUDGMENT: pursuant to Rule 4(m), this action is dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Jalitza Poveda Deputy Clerk on behalf of Douglas C. Palmer Clerk of Court on 5/2/2018. (Ramesar, Thameera) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
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