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Case TitlePROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC. v. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02202
Date Filed2017-10-24
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Randolph D. Moss
PlaintiffPROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC.
Case DescriptionThe Protect Democracy Project submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning the agency's involvement and interactions with unaffiliated border enforcement groups. The Protect Democracy Project also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told the Protect Democracy that it would need to know the email extensions for various groups in order to search for email correspondence. The Protect Democracy Project told the agency it had no ability to provide such information. The Protect Democracy Project also made a number of FOIA requests to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for records about the agency's involvement with unaffiliated border enforcement groups in various regions. The agency acknowledged receipt of those requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agency as to any of its requests, the Protect Democracy Project filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DefendantCUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
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2017-10-241COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5173166) filed by PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Related Case Notice, # 5 Summons Attorney General, # 6 Summons US Attorney DC, # 7 Summons Customs and Border Protection, # 8 Summons Dept of Homeland Security)(Barnett, Kevin) (Attachment 1 replaced on 10/25/2017) (zsth). (Entered: 10/24/2017)
2017-10-242LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC. (Barnett, Kevin) (Entered: 10/24/2017)
2017-10-24Case Assigned to Judge Randolph D. Moss. (sth) (Entered: 10/25/2017)
2017-10-243NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC.. Case related to Case No. 17cv2118. (sth) (Entered: 10/25/2017)
2017-10-254SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(sth) (Entered: 10/25/2017)
2017-10-255RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 10/25/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 11/24/2017. (Barnett, Kevin) (Entered: 10/25/2017)
2017-10-276STANDING ORDER: The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives set forth in the Court's Standing Order. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 10/27/2017. (lcrdm1, ) (Entered: 10/27/2017)
2017-10-307RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION served on 10/30/2017; DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 10/30/2017, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 10/30/2017. (Barnett, Kevin) (Entered: 10/30/2017)
2017-11-088NOTICE of Appearance by Nikhil Vikas Gore on behalf of PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC. (Gore, Nikhil) (Entered: 11/08/2017)
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