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Case TitleAVILA et al v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02685
Date Filed2017-12-15
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffVICTOR AVILA
PlaintiffJUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionVictor Avila and Judicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning Avila. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Avila and Judicial Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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2017-12-151COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5250137) filed by VICTOR AVILA, JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons for U.S. Attny for D.C., # 3 Summons for U.S. Attny General, # 4 Summons for U.S. Dept. of State)(Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2017-12-152LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2017-12-153MOTION Relief from Local Civil Rule 11.1 re 1 Complaint, by VICTOR AVILA, JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2017-12-15Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (jd) (Entered: 12/19/2017)
2017-12-194SUMMONS (2) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(jd) (Entered: 12/19/2017)
2017-12-28MINUTE ORDER granting 3 Plaintiff's Motion for Relief from Local Civil Rule 11.1: It is hereby ORDERED that Plaintiff shall be permitted to redact his residence address in the caption of his complaint filed on the public docket. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 12/28/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 12/28/2017)
2018-01-085RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 12/26/2017. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 1/25/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 12/26/17., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 12/26/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 (U.S. Attny. for D.C.), # 2 Exhibit 2 (U.S. Attny. Gen.), # 3 Exhibit 3 (U.S. Dept. of State))(Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 01/08/2018)
2018-01-226NOTICE of Appearance by Melanie Dyani Hendry on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 01/22/2018)
2018-01-227Consent MOTION to Stay Deadline to Respond to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 01/22/2018)
2018-01-238NOTICE by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE re 7 Consent MOTION to Stay Deadline to Respond to Complaint (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 01/23/2018)
2018-01-23MINUTE ORDER denying as moot 7 Motion to Stay. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 1/23/2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 01/23/2018)
2018-01-249ANSWER to 1 Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Hendry, Melanie) Modified to add link on 1/25/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 01/24/2018)
2018-01-25MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a proposed briefing schedule on or before February 8, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 1/25/2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 01/25/2018)
2018-02-0810Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 02/08/2018)
2018-02-12MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 10 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a joint status report on or before March 8, 2018, updating the Court about the status of Defendant's search and to propose a schedule for the processing and release of responsive non-exempt documents to Plaintiffs. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 2/12/2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 02/12/2018)
2018-02-12Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 3/8/2018. (tj) (Entered: 02/12/2018)
2018-03-0811Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 03/08/2018)
2018-03-08MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 11 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a joint status report on or before June 15, 2018, reporting the status of the processing and release of responsive non-exempt documents to Plaintiffs. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 3/8/2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 03/08/2018)
2018-03-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 6/15/2018 (tj) (Entered: 03/09/2018)
2018-06-1412ENTERED IN ERROR.....Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) Modified on 6/18/2018 (zjf). (Entered: 06/14/2018)
2018-06-1513Joint STATUS REPORT by VICTOR AVILA, JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 06/15/2018)
2018-06-15MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 13 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a joint status report on or before July 16, 2018. The Court will schedule a status hearing, if necessary, upon review of that joint status report. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on June 15, 2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 06/15/2018)
2018-06-18NOTICE OF CORRECTED DOCKET ENTRY: Document No re 12 Status Report was entered in error and refiled by counsel in the correct case.(jf) (Entered: 06/18/2018)
2018-06-18Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 7/16/2018 (tj) (Entered: 06/18/2018)
2018-07-1614Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 07/16/2018)
2018-07-17MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall appear for a status hearing on August 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 14 before Judge Rudolph Contreras. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on July 17, 2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 07/17/2018)
2018-07-17Set/Reset Hearings: Status Conference set for 8/2/2018 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 14 before Judge Rudolph Contreras. (tj) (Entered: 07/17/2018)
2018-08-01MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that on August 2, 2018, the parties shall arrive at the courthouse at 9:30 AM and have a face-to-face discussion concerning all outstanding issues. The Court will then conduct the 10:00 AM status hearing. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on August 1, 2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 08/01/2018)
2018-08-02Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Rudolph Contreras: Status Conference held on 8/2/2018. Order forthcoming. (Court Reporter: Jeff Hook.) (hmc) (Entered: 08/02/2018)
2018-08-02MINUTE ORDER: As discussed on the record at today's status hearing, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a joint status report on or before August 30, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on August 2, 2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 08/02/2018)
2018-08-03Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/30/2018 (hs) (Entered: 08/03/2018)
2018-08-3015Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 08/30/2018)
2018-08-31MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 15 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before September 28, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on August 31, 2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 08/31/2018)
2018-08-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 9/28/2018 (tj) (Entered: 08/31/2018)
2018-09-2816Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 09/28/2018)
2018-09-28MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 16 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before October 31, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on September 28, 2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 09/28/2018)
2018-10-3117Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
2018-10-31MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 17 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before November 30, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on October 31, 2018. (lcrc3) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
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