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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02819
Date Filed2017-12-28
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amit P. Mehta
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED, INC.
Case DescriptionBuzzfeed reporter Jason Leopold submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for records concerning the agency's reaction to 152 attached news articles, some of which may have included leaked material. Leopold also requested expedited processing, a fee waiver and inclusion in the news media fee category. The agency issued a Glomar response neither confirming nor denying the existence of records. Leopold filed an administrative appeal, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Expedited processing, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Fee Category - Media or Educational, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2017-12-281COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5266649) filed by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 12/28/2017)
2017-12-282LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED, INC. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 12/28/2017)
2017-12-28Case Assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. (zsb) (Entered: 12/28/2017)
2017-12-283SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 12/28/2017)
2018-02-074NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua M. Kolsky on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 02/07/2018)
2018-02-075ANSWER to 1 Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 02/07/2018)
2018-02-08MINUTE ORDER. Both a Complaint and Answer are now before the court in this FOIA case. It is hereby ordered that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report on or before February 22, 2018. The Joint Status Report shall include (1) the status of Plaintiffs' FOIA requests; (2) the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiffs' FOIA requests; (3) the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiffs; (4) whether a motion for stay is likely under Open America v. Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 547 F.2d 605 (D.C. Cir. 1976); and (5) whether the parties anticipate summary judgment briefing and, if so, a proposed briefing schedule. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 02/08/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 02/08/2018)
2018-02-08Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Joint Status Report due by 2/22/2018. (zcdw) (Entered: 02/12/2018)
2018-02-226Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 02/22/2018)
2018-02-23MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 6 February 22, 2018, Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before April 26, 2018, that updates the court on the status of production and, if necessary, proposes a briefing schedule for summary judgment. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 02/23/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 02/23/2018)
2018-02-23Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Joint Status Report due by 4/26/2018. (zcdw) (Entered: 02/26/2018)
2018-04-267Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 04/26/2018)
2018-04-27MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 7 Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before May 17, 2018, indicating whether summary judgment briefing will be necessary and, if so, proposing a briefing schedule. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 04/27/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 04/27/2018)
2018-05-178Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 05/17/2018)
2018-05-21MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 8 Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before June 14, 2018, that updates the court on the status of the additional searches and, if necessary, proposes a briefing schedule for summary judgment. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 05/21/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 05/21/2018)
2018-05-21Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/14/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 05/24/2018)
2018-06-149Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 06/14/2018)
2018-06-15MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 9 Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before July 16, 2018, that updates the court on their progress and, if necessary, proposes a briefing schedule for summary judgment. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 06/15/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 06/15/2018)
2018-06-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/16/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 06/18/2018)
2018-07-1610Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 07/16/2018)
2018-07-17MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 10 Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before August 13, 2018, that updates the court on their progress and, if necessary, proposes a briefing schedule for summary judgment. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 07/17/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 07/17/2018)
2018-07-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/13/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 07/18/2018)
2018-07-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/13/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 07/18/2018)
2018-08-1311Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-14MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before September 12, 2018, that proposes a production schedule or, if necessary, a briefing schedule for summary judgment. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 08/14/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 08/14/2018)
2018-08-14Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/12/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 08/15/2018)
2018-09-1212Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Joint Status Report by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 09/12/2018)
2018-09-13MINUTE ORDER granting Plaintiffs' 12 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to File Joint Status Report nunc pro tunc to September 12, 2018. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 09/13/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 09/13/2018)
2018-09-1313Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 09/13/2018)
2018-09-14MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before November 16, 2018, that updates the court on their progress and, if necessary, proposes a briefing schedule for summary judgment. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 09/14/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 09/14/2018)
2018-09-14Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/16/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 09/17/2018)
2018-11-1614Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 11/16/2018)
2018-11-19MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 14 November 16, 2018, Joint Status Report, the parties are directed to file another Joint Status Report, on or before January 15, 2019, that updates the court on the search progress. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 11/19/2018. (lcapm1) (Entered: 11/19/2018)
2018-11-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 1/15/2019. (zjd) (Entered: 11/21/2018)
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