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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02176
Date Filed2017-10-19
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED, INC.
Case DescriptionReporter Jason Leopold submitted a FOIA request to the CIA for records concerning payments made by the agency to Syrian rebels fighting Assad. Leopold argued that a tweet from President Trump critical of a Washington Post article about the payments constituted public acknowledgment of the payments. Leopold also requested a fee waiver and inclusion in the news media fee category. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
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2017-10-191COMPLAINT against CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5167307) filed by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 10/19/2017)
2017-10-192LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED, INC. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 10/19/2017)
2017-10-203ERRATA by BUZZFEED, INC. 2 LCvR 7.1 Certificate of Disclosure - Corporate Affiliations/Financial Interests filed by BUZZFEED, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Corrected LCvR 7.1 disclosure statement)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 10/20/2017)
2017-10-204NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. Case related to Case No. 17-cv-6354 (SDNY). (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 10/20/2017)
2017-10-20Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (md) (Entered: 10/20/2017)
2017-10-205SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Consent) (md) (Entered: 10/20/2017)
2017-11-286RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 10/31/2017. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 11/30/2017.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 10/31/2017. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 11/28/2017)
2017-11-307ANSWER to Complaint by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.(td) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-04MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and jointly submit a proposed briefing schedule on or before December 18, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 12/4/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 12/18/2017 (tj) (Entered: 12/06/2017)
2017-12-188NOTICE of Appearance by Elizabeth Murray Tulis on behalf of CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 12/18/2017)
2017-12-189Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 12/18/2017)
2017-12-1810STIPULATION by the Parties Regarding the Scope of Plaintiffs' FOIA Request by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 12/18/2017)
2017-12-19MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 9 the parties' joint status report, it is hereby ORDERED that the following schedule shall govern these proceedings: Defendant shall issue a final response to the Freedom of Information Act request that is the subject of this case on or before December 21, 2017; Defendant shall submit any motion for summary judgment on or before January 26, 2018; Plaintiffs shall file their opposition to Defendant's motion for summary judgment along with any cross-motion for summary judgment on or before February 26, 2018; Defendant shall file any reply in support of its motion and opposition to Plaintiff's cross-motion on or before March 28, 2018; Plaintiffs shall file their reply in support of their own motion on or before April 23, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 12/19/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 12/19/2017)
2018-01-2511Consent MOTION to Stay Summary Judgment Briefing to Allow Parties to Meet and Confer by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 01/25/2018)
2018-01-29MINUTE ORDER granting 11 Consent Motion to Stay: It is hereby ORDERED that the current briefing schedule is STAYED. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall file a joint status report proposing a revised briefing schedule for the parties' anticipated cross-motions for summary judgment on or before February 1, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 1/29/2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 01/29/2018)
2018-01-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 2/1/2018 (tj) (Entered: 01/31/2018)
2018-02-0112Joint STATUS REPORT Proposing Revised Briefing Schedule by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 02/01/2018)
2018-02-02MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 12 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall file its motion for summary judgment on or before May 1, 2018; Plaintiffs shall file their opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment on or before June 4, 2018; Defendant shall file its reply in support of its motion and opposition to Plaintiffs' cross-motion on or before July 6, 2018; and Plaintiffs shall file their reply in support of their cross-motion on or before August 6, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 2/2/2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 02/02/2018)
2018-02-02Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 6/4/2018. Response to Cross Motions due by 7/6/2018. Reply to Cross Motions due by 8/6/2018. Summary Judgment motions due by 5/1/2018. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 6/4/2018. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 7/6/2018. (tj) (Entered: 02/02/2018)
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