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Case TitleFREEDOM WATCH, INC. v. MUELLER et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00088
Date Filed2018-01-15
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Emmet G. Sullivan
PlaintiffFREEDOM WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionFreedom Watch submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice for records concerning contacts between the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the FBI, and the Department of Justice and foreign or domestic media pertaining to the Russian investigation. After hearing nothing further from the agencies, Freedom Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantROBERT S. MUELLER Special Counsel
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
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2018-01-151COMPLAINT against FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, ROBERT S. MUELLER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE with Jury Demand ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5286627) filed by FREEDOM WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit 1, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons)(Klayman, Larry) (Entered: 01/15/2018)
2018-01-16Case Assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (zsb) (Entered: 01/16/2018)
2018-01-162SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, ROBERT S. MUELLER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 01/16/2018)
2018-01-16SUMMONS Not Issued as to U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General.....SUMMONS NOT FILED AT THE TIME COMPLAINT WAS FILED. (zsb) (Entered: 01/16/2018)
2018-01-163ENTERED IN ERROR.....REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE filed by FREEDOM WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Summons)(Klayman, Larry) Modified on 1/17/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 01/16/2018)
2018-01-174STANDING ORDER: The parties are directed to read the attached Standing Order Governing Civil Cases Before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in its entirety upon receipt. The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives in the attached Standing Order. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 01/17/18. (Attachment: # 1 Exhibit 1) (mac) (Entered: 01/17/2018)
2018-01-17NOTICE OF ERROR re 3 Request for Summons to Issue; emailed to leklayman@gmail.com, cc'd 5 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Please refile document, 2. ENTERED IN ERROR; Summonses are blank; Resubmit completed summonses. (znmw, ) (Entered: 01/17/2018)
2018-01-175REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE re Notice of QC, filed by FREEDOM WATCH, INC.. Related document: Notice of QC,. (Attachments: # 1 Summons)(Klayman, Larry) (Entered: 01/17/2018)
2018-01-186SUMMONS (2) Issued Electronically as to U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (znmw) (Entered: 01/18/2018)
2018-02-207NOTICE of Appearance by Joseph C. Dugan on behalf of All Defendants (Dugan, Joseph) (Entered: 02/20/2018)
2018-02-208ANSWER to 1 Complaint, by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, ROBERT S. MUELLER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit List, # 2 Exhibit A (Order No. 3915-2017), # 3 Exhibit B (1/23/18 letter), # 4 Exhibit C (2/13/18 letter), # 5 Exhibit D (2/20/18 letter))(Dugan, Joseph) (Entered: 02/20/2018)
2018-02-209ERRATA by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, ROBERT S. MUELLER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 8 Answer to Complaint, filed by ROBERT S. MUELLER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (Attachments: # 1 Errata Exhibit B - corrected)(Dugan, Joseph) (Entered: 02/20/2018)
2018-03-01MINUTE ORDER. Plaintiff brings this action pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 U.S.C. § 552. The parties are directed to meet and confer and propose a joint scheduling order for further proceedings in this case by no later than April 1, 2018. The parties' joint proposed scheduling order shall address the following: (1) The status of plaintiff's FOIA request; (2) The anticipated number of documents responsive to plaintiff's FOIA request; (3) The anticipated date(s) for release of documents responsive to plaintiff's FOIA request; (4) Whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case; (5) Whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case; (6) Whether this case would benefit from referral to a magistrate judge or the District Court Mediation Program for purposes of settlement; and (7) A proposed briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if applicable. If the parties are unable to agree on a joint recommendation, the joint proposed scheduling order shall include each party's individual recommendations. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 3/1/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 03/01/2018)
2018-03-01Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Scheduling Order due by 4/1/2018. (mac) (Entered: 03/01/2018)
2018-03-2310MOTION for Summary Judgment by FREEDOM WATCH, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Klayman, Larry) (Entered: 03/23/2018)
2018-03-3011Joint STATUS REPORT by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, ROBERT S. MUELLER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Dugan, Joseph) (Entered: 03/30/2018)
2018-04-02MINUTE ORDER in view of 11 joint status report, in which the plaintiff requests an expedited status conference and the defendants request more time to complete a search for potentially responsive records, the Court finds that there is good cause to allow the defendants to continue searching for potentially responsive records. The government is therefore ordered to complete its search for potentially responsive records by the end of April 2018. Defendants shall file a status report apprising the Court of the number of responsive documents and defendants' position as to further scheduling matters by no later than May 11, 2018. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 4/2/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-03Set/Reset Deadlines: Defendants Status Report due by 5/11/2018 (mac) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-0612RESPONSE re 10 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, ROBERT S. MUELLER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix, # 2 Exhibit A (Counter-Statement of Disputed Facts), # 3 Exhibit B (Dugan Declaration), # 4 Exhibit C (Castellano Declaration), # 5 Text of Proposed Order)(Dugan, Joseph) (Entered: 04/06/2018)
2018-05-0113SUPPLEMENT and Update re 11 Status Report by FREEDOM WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Klayman, Larry) Modified event title and added link on 5/8/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 05/01/2018)
2018-05-02MINUTE ORDER directing the government to respond to 13 plaintiff's supplemental status report by no later than May 4, 2018. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 5/2/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-05-02Set/Reset Deadlines: Government Response To 13 Plaintiff's Supplemental Status Report due by 5/4/2018 (mac) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-05-0414RESPONSE re 13 to Plaintiff's "Supplement and Update" filed by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, ROBERT S. MUELLER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Dugan, Joseph) Modified to add link on 5/8/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 05/04/2018)
2018-05-0815RESPONSE re 14 Response to Document filed by FREEDOM WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Klayman, Larry) (Entered: 05/08/2018)
2018-05-0916NOTICE of Third Supplement to Joint Status Report by FREEDOM WATCH, INC. re 15 Response to Document, 13 Status Report (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit)(Klayman, Larry) (Entered: 05/09/2018)
2018-05-1117STATUS REPORT by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, ROBERT S. MUELLER, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Dugan, Joseph) (Entered: 05/11/2018)
2018-05-14MINUTE ORDER directing plaintiff to respond to the timeline proposed in 17 defendants' status report by no later than May 21, 2018. If the plaintiff intends to request a production timeline that is faster than the one proposed by the government, the plaintiff is directed to support such a request with reasons beyond those included its previously-filed supplements. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 5/14/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 05/14/2018)
2018-05-1418RESPONSE to May 11 17 Status Report filed by FREEDOM WATCH, INC. (Klayman, Larry) (Entered: 05/14/2018)
2018-05-16MINUTE ORDER in view of 17 government's status report and 18 plaintiff's response, the Court hereby schedules a status conference for May 24, 2018 at 10:30 am in Courtroom 24A. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 5/16/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 05/16/2018)
2018-05-16Set/Reset Hearings: Status Conference set for 5/24/2018 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 24A before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (mac) (Entered: 05/16/2018)
2018-05-24Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan: Status Conference held on 5/24/2018. Order forthcoming from chambers. (Court Reporter: Scott Wallace.) (jl) (Entered: 05/24/2018)
2018-05-25MINUTE ORDER. As ordered at the May 24, 2018 status conference, the government is directed to produce all non-exempt documents responsive to Freedom Watch's FOIA request by no later than September 4, 2018. The parties shall file a joint status report recommending next steps for further proceedings by no later than September 18, 2018. In light of the Court's Order, 10 plaintiff's motion for summary judgment is denied as moot. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 5/25/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 05/25/2018)
2018-05-27Set/Reset Deadline: The parties shall file a Joint Status Report recommending the next steps for further proceedings by 9/18/2018. (jth) (Entered: 05/27/2018)
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