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Case TitleAMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00319
Date Filed2018-02-12
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
PlaintiffAMERICAN OVERSIGHT
Case DescriptionAmerican Oversight submitted four FOIA requests to the Department of Justice for records concerning a variety of issues arising from a letter to the agency from House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, American Oversight filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2018-02-121COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5328481) filed by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 02/12/2018)
2018-02-122LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 02/12/2018)
2018-02-123NOTICE of corrected summonses by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT re 1 Complaint (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons)(Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 02/12/2018)
2018-02-12Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (zsb) (Entered: 02/12/2018)
2018-02-124SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 02/12/2018)
2018-03-145RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 2/20/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 3/22/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 2/20/2018, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 2/20/2018. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 03/14/2018)
2018-03-226NOTICE of Appearance by Michael Joseph Gerardi on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Gerardi, Michael) (Entered: 03/22/2018)
2018-03-227ANSWER to 1 Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Gerardi, Michael) Modified to add link on 3/23/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 03/22/2018)
2018-03-22MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. Since the requirements of LCvR 16.3 and Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not apply, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by April 6, 2018. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 3/22/2018. (lccrc2) (Entered: 03/22/2018)
2018-03-23Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 4/6/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 03/23/2018)
2018-04-068Joint STATUS REPORT Regarding Scheduling by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Gerardi, Michael) (Entered: 04/06/2018)
2018-04-09MINUTE ORDER: In light of 8 the parties' joint status report, the parties shall file a further joint status report by May 7, 2018 apprising the Court on the progress of Defendant's search for records and, if applicable, proposing a further schedule for production. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 4/9/2018. (lccrc2) (Entered: 04/09/2018)
2018-04-10Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 5/7/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 04/10/2018)
2018-05-079Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 05/07/2018)
2018-05-08MINUTE ORDER: In light of 9 the parties' joint status report, the parties shall submit a further joint status report by June 14, 2018 proposing a further schedule for production. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 5/8/2018. (lccrc2) (Entered: 05/08/2018)
2018-05-08Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/14/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 05/08/2018)
2018-06-1410Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 06/14/2018)
2018-06-15MINUTE ORDER: In light of 10 the parties' joint status report, the parties are directed to file a further joint status report by August 10, 2018 updating the Court on the status of the case and, if necessary, proposing a further schedule for production or briefing. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 6/15/2018. (lccrc2) (Entered: 06/15/2018)
2018-06-18Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/10/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 06/18/2018)
2018-08-1011Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 08/10/2018)
2018-08-13MINUTE ORDER: In light of 11 the parties' joint status report, the parties are directed to file a further joint status report by August 24, 2018 updating the Court on the status of the case and proposing a schedule for further production or briefing as necessary. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 8/13/2018. (lccrc2) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-13Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/24/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-2412Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 08/24/2018)
2018-08-24MINUTE ORDER in light of 12 the parties' joint status report, the parties are directed to file a further joint status report by September 21, 2018, updating the Court on the status of the case and proposing a schedule for further production or briefing as necessary. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 8/24/2018. (lccrc2) (Entered: 08/24/2018)
2018-08-24Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 9/21/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 08/24/2018)
2018-09-1913Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 09/19/2018)
2018-09-20MINUTE ORDER: In light of the parties' September 19, 2018 joint status report, the parties are directed to file a fresh joint status report on or before October 2, 2018, updating the Court on the parties' discussions and proposing a schedule for any further proceedings, if necessary. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 9/20/2018. (lccrc2) (Entered: 09/20/2018)
2018-09-20Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/2/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 09/20/2018)
2018-10-0214Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 10/02/2018)
2018-10-04VACATED PURSUANT TO MINUTE ORDER ENTERED 10/31/2018.....MINUTE ORDER: In light of the parties' 14 joint status report on October 2, 2018, the following briefing schedule shall apply: Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment shall be due October 31, 2018; Plaintiff's Opposition and Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment shall be due November 27, 2018; Defendant's Reply and Opposition to Plaintiff's Cross-Motion shall be due December 21, 2018; and Plaintiff's Reply shall be due January 18, 2019. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 10/4/2018. (lccrc2) Modified on 11/1/2018 (zlsj). (Entered: 10/04/2018)
2018-10-04Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 10/31/2018. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment and Cross Motion due by 11/27/2018. Defendant's Reply and Opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 12/21/2018. Plaintiff's Replies due by 1/18/2019. (lsj) (Entered: 10/04/2018)
2018-10-3115Consent MOTION to Amend/Correct Order,, Setting Summary Judgment Briefing Schedule by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Gerardi, Michael) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
2018-10-31MINUTE ORDER granting 15 Defendant's Consent Motion to Amend the Briefing Schedule. The Court's 10/4/2018 minute order setting a briefing schedule is hereby vacated, and the following briefing schedule shall apply: Defendant's motion for summary judgment shall be due November 16, 2018; Plaintiff's combined opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment shall be due December 13, 2018; Defendant's reply and opposition shall be due January 10, 2019; and Plaintiff's reply shall be due January 25, 2019. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 10/31/2018. (lccrc2) Modified on 11/1/2018 (zlsj). (Entered: 10/31/2018)
2018-11-01Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 11/16/2018. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 12/13/2018. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 1/10/2019. Replies due by 1/25/2019. (lsj) (Entered: 11/01/2018)
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