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Case TitleAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01866
Date Filed2017-09-12
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amit P. Mehta
PlaintiffAMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE
Case DescriptionThe American Center for Law and Justice submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice and the FBI for records concerning the meeting between Bill Clinton and then Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix airport in 2016. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the request. The FBI told ACLJ that it found no responsive records. After the Office of Information Policy failed to respond, ACLJ filed suit. More than a year later, OIP told ACLJ that it had located responsive records. OIP disclosed 98 pages with limited redactions. The FBI then reopened ACLJ's request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, ACLJ filed a second complaint.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a component of Dept. of Justice (DOJ)
DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
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2017-09-121COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5112533) filed by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Summons, # 7 Summons, # 8 Summons)(Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 09/12/2017)
2017-09-12Case Assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. (md) (Entered: 09/14/2017)
2017-09-142LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 09/14/2017)
2017-09-143NOTICE of Appearance by Benjamin Paul Sisney on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Sisney, Benjamin) (Entered: 09/14/2017)
2017-09-144NOTICE of Appearance by Stuart J. Roth on behalf of AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE (Roth, Stuart) (Entered: 09/14/2017)
2017-09-155SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Consent) (md) (Entered: 09/15/2017)
2017-10-056RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 09/22/2017. (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-057RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/22/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/22/2017. (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-058RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 9/22/2017 (Southerland, Abigail) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
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