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Case TitleMIDDLE EAST FORUM v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02010
Date Filed2017-09-29
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge John D. Bates
PlaintiffMIDDLE EAST FORUM
Case DescriptionThe Middle East Forum submitted a FOIA request to the IRS for records concerning a possible criminal investigation of Islamic Relief USA. The Middle East Forum told the agency that it was not requesting tax return information. The IRS interpreted the request as one for tax return information and refused to process it. The Middle East Forum then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
DefendantINTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
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Complaint
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
Complaint attachment 3
Complaint attachment 4
Complaint attachment 5
Opinion/Order [11]
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2017-09-291COMPLAINT against INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, TREASURY DEPARTMENT ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5137384) filed by MIDDLE EAST FORUM. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons to IRS, # 3 Summons to Treasury, # 4 Summons to US Attorney, # 5 Summons to Attorney General)(Hardin, Matthew) (Entered: 09/29/2017)
2017-09-29Case Assigned to Judge John D. Bates. (zsb) (Entered: 09/29/2017)
2017-09-292SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(zsb) (Entered: 09/29/2017)
2017-10-153RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 10/10/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 11/9/2017. (Hardin, Matthew) (Entered: 10/15/2017)
2017-11-094MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, by INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hoffman-Logsdon, Megan) (Entered: 11/09/2017)
2017-11-09MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 4 the government's unopposed motion for extension of time to answer, and the entire record herein, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED; it is further ORDERED that defendants shall file their answer by not later than November 30, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge John D. Bates on 11/09/2017. (lcjdb2) (Entered: 11/09/2017)
2017-11-13Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 11/30/2017. (tb) (Entered: 11/13/2017)
2017-11-305MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, by INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hoffman-Logsdon, Megan) (Entered: 11/30/2017)
2017-11-30MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 5 defendants' unopposed motion for extension of time to file answer, and the entire record herein, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED; it is further ORDERED that defendants shall file their answer or other responsive pleading by not later than December 7, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge John D. Bates on 11/30/2017. (lcjdb2) (Entered: 11/30/2017)
2017-12-01Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 12/7/2017. (tb) (Entered: 12/01/2017)
2017-12-076NOTICE of Appearance by Chaim Mandelbaum on behalf of MIDDLE EAST FORUM (Mandelbaum, Chaim) (Main Document 6 replaced on 12/8/2017) (znmw). (Entered: 12/07/2017)
2017-12-077MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney by MIDDLE EAST FORUM (Hardin, Matthew) (Entered: 12/07/2017)
2017-12-078MOTION to Dismiss by INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit B, # 4 Exhibit C, # 5 Exhibit D, # 6 Text of Proposed Order)(Hoffman-Logsdon, Megan) (Entered: 12/07/2017)
2017-12-08MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 7 Matthew D. Hardin's motion to withdraw as counsel for plaintiff, and the entire record herein, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED; it is further ORDERED that Mr. Hardin's appearance in this case is terminated. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge John D. Bates on 12/8/2017. (lcjdb2) (Entered: 12/08/2017)
2017-12-219RESPONSE re 8 MOTION to Dismiss filed by MIDDLE EAST FORUM. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Mandelbaum, Chaim) (Entered: 12/21/2017)
2018-07-0310ORDER granting in part and denying in part 8 defendant IRS's motion to dismiss. See text of order and accompanying Memorandum Opinion for details. Signed by Judge John D. Bates on 7/3/2018. (lcjdb2) (Entered: 07/03/2018)
2018-07-0311MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge John D. Bates on 7/3/2018. (lcjdb2) (Entered: 07/03/2018)
2018-07-05Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/17/2018. (tb) (Entered: 07/05/2018)
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