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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) v. United States Department of Justice
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2017cv06557
Date Filed2017-11-13
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)
Case DescriptionThe Center for Investigative Reporting submitted a FOIA request to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for records concerning the agency's policies and procedures involving trace reports and aggregated information obtained from trace reports. The Center also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. CIR contacted the agency several times to check on the status of its request. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Justice
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2017-11-131COMPLAINT for Injunctive Relief against United States Department of Justice (Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-11872354). Filed by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet)(Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 11/13/2017) Modified on 11/22/2017 (slhS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 11/13/2017)
2017-11-132Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 11/13/2017) (Entered: 11/13/2017)
2017-11-133Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 11/27/2017. (as, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/13/2017) (Entered: 11/13/2017)
2017-11-224Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 2/8/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 2/15/2018 01:30 PM in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, San Francisco. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/22/2017) (Entered: 11/22/2017)
2017-11-22Electronic filing error Re: 2 Proposed Summons filed by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). This filing will not be processed by the clerks office. Please re-file in its entirety in accordance with FRCP 4(i). (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/22/2017) (Entered: 11/22/2017)
2017-11-225CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 11/22/2017) (Entered: 11/22/2017)
2017-11-276Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 11/27/2017) (Entered: 11/27/2017)
2017-11-277Summons Issued as to United States Department of Justice. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/27/2017) (Entered: 11/27/2017)
2017-11-308CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) (Attachments: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service Proof of Service)(Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 11/30/2017) (Entered: 11/30/2017)
2017-12-089Application for Refund, Receipt Number 11872147 by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 12/8/2017) (Entered: 12/08/2017)
2017-12-0810Application for Refund, Receipt Number 11872231 by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 12/8/2017) (Entered: 12/08/2017)
2017-12-2111Refund status re 9 Application for Refund, Approved. (pals, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/21/2017) (Entered: 12/21/2017)
2017-12-2112Refund status re 10 Application for Refund, Approved.(pals, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/21/2017) (Entered: 12/21/2017)
2017-12-2913ANSWER to Complaint byUnited States Department of Justice. (Wall, Robin) (Filed on 12/29/2017) (Entered: 12/29/2017)
2018-01-0214CLERK'S NOTICE Re: Consent or Declination: Defendant shall file a consent or declination to proceed before a magistrate judge by 1/16/2018. Note that any party is free to withhold consent to proceed before a magistrate judge without adverse substantive consequences. The forms are available at: (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/2/2018) (Entered: 01/02/2018)
2018-01-0415CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by United States Department of Justice.. (Wall, Robin) (Filed on 1/4/2018) (Entered: 01/04/2018)
2018-01-1916NOTICE of need for ADR Phone Conference (ADR L.R. 3-5 d) (Wall, Robin) (Filed on 1/19/2018) (Entered: 01/19/2018)
2018-01-1917ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 1/19/2018) (Entered: 01/19/2018)
2018-01-2218ADR Clerk's Notice Setting ADR Phone Conference on Friday, February 9, 2018, at 11:30 AM Pacific time. Please note that you must be logged into an ECF account of counsel of record in order to view this document. (af, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/22/2018) (Entered: 01/22/2018)
2018-02-0619CLERK'S NOTICE CONTINUING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE. To all parties and counsel of record: Please take notice that due to the Court's unavailability, the case management conference currently scheduled for February 15, 2018 is continued to March 1, 2018 at 1:30 p.m., before Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco. A joint case management statement shall be filed seven days prior to the conference. (This is a text only docket entry, there is no document associated with this notice.) (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/6/2018) (Entered: 02/06/2018)
2018-02-0920ADR Remark: ADR Phone Conference held on 2/9/2018 by Howard Herman. (cmf, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/9/2018) (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (Entered: 02/09/2018)
2018-02-2121Certificate of Interested Entities by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 2/21/2018) (Entered: 02/21/2018)
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