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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)
2018-04-2713Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Motion for Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 04/27/2018)
2018-04-27MINUTE ORDER granting 13 Consent Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall have up to and including May 4, 2018 to file its motion for summary judgment. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on April 27, 2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 04/27/2018)
2018-05-01Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 5/4/2018. (tj) (Entered: 05/01/2018)
2018-05-0414MOTION for Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Statement of Facts - Statement of Material Facts as to Which There Is No Genuine Issue, # 2 Declaration of Antoinette B. Shiner, # 3 Declaration of Elizabeth Tulis, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 05/04/2018)
2018-06-0415Memorandum in opposition to re 14 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix News Articles, # 2 Exhibit 1-3, # 3 Statement of Facts Response, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 06/04/2018)
2018-06-0416Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Attachments: # 1 Appendix News Articles, # 2 Exhibit 1-3, # 3 Statement of Facts, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 06/04/2018)
2018-07-0317Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 16 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment , 14 MOTION for Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 07/03/2018)
2018-07-03MINUTE ORDER granting 17 Defendant's Consent Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall file its reply in support of its motion for summary judgment, and its opposition to Plaintiffs' cross-motion for summary judgment, on or before July 11, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on July 3, 2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 07/03/2018)
2018-07-03Set/Reset Deadlines: Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment/Opposition to Cross Motion due by 7/11/2018. (hs) (Entered: 07/03/2018)
2018-07-1118Memorandum in opposition to re 16 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment and in Further Support of Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Attachments: # 1 Statement of Facts (Response), # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 07/11/2018)
2018-07-1119REPLY to opposition to motion re 14 MOTION for Summary Judgment and in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 07/11/2018)
2018-08-0620REPLY to opposition to motion re 16 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 08/06/2018)
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