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Case TitleSCHNEIDER v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00474
Date Filed2018-02-28
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Dabney L. Friedrich
PlaintiffBRANDON C. SCHNEIDER
Case DescriptionBrandon Schneider, a Catholic religious seminarian studying for the priesthood, had served a Summer Chaplain Internship at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. He was interviewed by the Office of Personnel Management for a background check at which he acknowledged certain allegations brought up by the OPM interviewer. As a result, Schneider considered himself ethically obligated to report those allegations to his seminary. He was then removed from the parish ministry and was not allowed to continue his pursuit of the priesthood. Schneider submitted a FOIA request to OPM for records concerning his interview. OPM denied his request under Exemption 7(E) (investigative methods and techniques). The FBI also responded to Schneider pertaining to records referred to it by OPM, denying some records under Exemption 7(E). Schneider filed an administrative appeal of the denial by both agencies. The FBI's denial was affirmed by OIP affirmed. Schneider submitted a separate FOIA request to the FBI for records pertaining to himself. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. After hearing nothing further from either agency, Schneider filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees, Adequacy - Search

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantOFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
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2018-02-281COMPLAINT against OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5352280) filed by BRANDON C. SCHNEIDER. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 02/28/2018)
2018-03-01Case Assigned to Judge Dabney L. Friedrich. (jd) (Entered: 03/01/2018)
2018-03-012SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(jd) (Entered: 03/01/2018)
2018-03-163NOTICE of Appearance by Rhonda Lisa Campbell on behalf of OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Campbell, Rhonda) (Entered: 03/16/2018)
2018-03-264Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint by OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Campbell, Rhonda) (Entered: 03/26/2018)
2018-03-29MINUTE ORDER granting the defendants' 4 Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the defendants shall answer or otherwise respond to the complaint on or before May 5, 2018. Signed by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on March 29, 2018. (JPF) (Entered: 03/29/2018)
2018-05-045ANSWER to Complaint by OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Campbell, Rhonda) (Entered: 05/04/2018)
2018-05-25MINUTE ORDER requiring the parties to MEET AND CONFER and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for further proceedings. The parties shall file the Joint Status Report no later than June 22, 2018. Signed by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on May 25, 2018. (JK) (Entered: 05/25/2018)
2018-06-196MEET AND CONFER STATEMENT by OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Campbell, Rhonda) Modified event title on 6/20/2018. (tth) (Entered: 06/19/2018)
2018-06-20NOTICE OF ERROR re 6 Status Report; emailed to rhonda.campbell@usdoj.gov, cc'd 4 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Incorrect event used, 2. Please do not refile. Correct has been made. (ztth, ) (Entered: 06/20/2018)
2018-06-22MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 6 Joint Status Report it is ORDERED that the defendants' motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before August 31, 2018; the plaintiff's opposition brief and cross-motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before September 30, 2018; the defendants' opposition brief and reply shall be filed on or before October 15, 2018; the plaintiff's reply shall be filed on or before October 29, 2018. Signed by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on June 22, 2018. (JK) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
2018-06-22Set/Reset Deadlines: Plaintiff's opposition brief and cross-motion for summary judgment due by 9/30/2018. (jl) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
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