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Case TitleKnight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University v. Department of Homeland Security et al
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2017cv07572
Date Filed2017-10-04
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Andrew L. Carter, Jr
PlaintiffKnight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
Case DescriptionThe Knight First Amendment Institute submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice for records concerning new vetting policies. The Knight First Amendment Institute also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the request and several of them granted the Knight First Amendment Institute's request for expedited processing. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement denied the Knight First Amendment Institute's request for expedited processing. The Knight First Amendment Institute filed an administrative appeal of that denial and as a result, the agency disclosed 1,666 pages, but redacted all but 13 pages in their entirety. After hearing nothing further from the agency, the Knight First Amendment Institute filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Department of Homeland Security
DefendantU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
DefendantU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
DefendantU.S. Department of Justice
DefendantU.S. Department of State
DefendantU.S. Customs and Border Protection
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2017-10-041COMPLAINT against Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number 0208-14203758)Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A (FOIA Request))(Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-042CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-043RULE 7.1 CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. No Corporate Parent. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.(Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-044FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT SUMMONS REQUEST - CAPTION TITLE ERROR REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) Modified on 10/5/2017 (kl). (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-045FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT SUMMONS REQUEST - CAPTION TITLE ERROR REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) Modified on 10/5/2017 (kl). (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-046FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT SUMMONS REQUEST - CAPTION TITLE ERROR REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Department of Justice, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) Modified on 10/5/2017 (kl). (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-047FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT SUMMONS REQUEST - CAPTION TITLE ERROR REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Department of State, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) Modified on 10/5/2017 (kl). (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-048FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT SUMMONS REQUEST - CAPTION TITLE ERROR REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) Modified on 10/5/2017 (kl). (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-049FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT SUMMONS REQUEST - CAPTION TITLE ERROR REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) Modified on 10/5/2017 (kl). (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-05CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/judges/District . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Please download and review the ECF Rules and Instructions, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf_filing.php . (kl) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-05Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker is so designated. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 636(c) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73(b)(1) parties are notified that they may consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge. Parties who wish to consent may access the necessary form at the following link: http://nysd.uscourts.gov/forms.php . (kl) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-05Case Designated ECF. (kl) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-05***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS. Notice to Attorney Jameel Jaffer to RE-FILE Document No. 9 Request for Issuance of Summons, 8 Request for Issuance of Summons, 4 Request for Issuance of Summons, 7 Request for Issuance of Summons, 6 Request for Issuance of Summons, 5 Request for Issuance of Summons,. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): PLEASE ENTER ALL PARTIES IN THE CAPTION TITLE THAT ARE VIEWABLE OR ENTER ET AL. Re-file the document using the event type Request for Issuance of Summons found under the event list Service of Process - select the correct filer/filers - and attach the correct summons form PDF. (kl) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-0510REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-0511REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-0512REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Department of Justice, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-0513REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Department of State, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-0514REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-0515REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. (Jaffer, Jameel) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-0616ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (kl) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-0617ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (kl) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-0618ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to U.S. Department of Justice. (kl) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-0619ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to U.S. Department of State. (kl) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-0620ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (kl) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-0621ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (kl) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
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