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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) v. Department of Homeland Security
DistrictNorthern District of California
Case Number4:2018cv00044
Date Filed2018-01-03
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)
Case DescriptionThe Center for Investigative Reporting submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for records concerning land acquisition at the U.S. border and related real estate costs. CIR also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency asked CIR to clarify the time frame of its request. CIR did so, but CBP then told CIR that its request was being closed for failure to provide clarification. CIR appealed the decision and the agency remanded the request for processing. CIR also informed CBP that the Department of the Army had disclosed similar records in response to another request. CBP told CIR that it was remanding the request again for processing. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Expedited processing, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDepartment of Homeland Security
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2018-01-031COMPLAINT against Department of Homeland Security ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-11993405.). Filed byThe Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit, # 7 Exhibit, # 8 Exhibit, # 9 Exhibit, # 10 Exhibit, # 11 Exhibit, # 12 Civil Cover Sheet)(Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 1/3/2018) (Entered: 01/03/2018)
2018-01-032Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 1/3/2018) (Entered: 01/03/2018)
2018-01-033Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore. 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 1/17/2018. (bwS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/3/2018) (Entered: 01/03/2018)
2018-01-044Summons Issued as to Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (jmlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/4/2018) (Entered: 01/04/2018)
2018-01-045Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 3/27/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 4/3/2018 01:30 PM. (jmlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/4/2018) (Entered: 01/04/2018)
2018-01-046CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 1/4/2018) (Entered: 01/04/2018)
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