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Case TitleDEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00479
Date Filed2018-02-28
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Tanya S. Chutkan
PlaintiffDEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION
Case DescriptionThe Democracy Forward Foundation submitted FOIA requests to the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning the extension of the EB-5 visa program, which provides a pathway to citizenship for wealthy foreign nationals who invest in U.S. development projects. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from either agency, the Democracy Forward Foundation filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DefendantUNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
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2018-02-281COMPLAINT against U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5352744) filed by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet, # 7 Summons, # 8 Summons, # 9 Summons, # 10 Summons, # 11 Summons)(Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 02/28/2018)
2018-02-282LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION (Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 02/28/2018)
2018-02-28Case Assigned to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (zsb) (Entered: 02/28/2018)
2018-02-283SUMMONS (5) Issued Electronically as to DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION, UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 02/28/2018)
2018-03-204RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/7/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/6/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 3/7/18., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. All Defendants (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 03/20/2018)
2018-04-025NOTICE by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION (Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-066Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, by UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Haynes, Fred) (Entered: 04/06/2018)
2018-04-09MINUTE ORDER: Granting 6 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to File Answer. Defendants shall answer or otherwise respond to the complaint by April 16, 2018. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 4/9/18. (DJS) (Entered: 04/09/2018)
2018-04-10Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 4/16/2018. (tb) (Entered: 04/10/2018)
2018-04-167Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, by UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Haynes, Fred) (Entered: 04/16/2018)
2018-04-20MINUTE ORDER: Granting 7 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. Defendants shall answer or otherwise respond to the complaint by April 20, 2018. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 4/20/18. (DJS) (Entered: 04/20/2018)
2018-04-208ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Haynes, Fred) (Entered: 04/20/2018)
2018-04-239NOTICE of Appearance by Josephine T. Morse on behalf of DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION (Morse, Josephine) (Entered: 04/23/2018)
2018-04-24MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. The requirements of LCvR 16.3 and Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil procedure appear to be inapplicable. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and propose a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule shall address the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, whether and when either party anticipates filing a dispositive motion, and any other pertinent issues. The parties shall file a joint status report that addresses these issues and that contains a proposed schedule and proposed order no later than 5/24/18. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 4/24/18. (DJS) (Entered: 04/24/2018)
2018-04-25Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report and proposed order due by 5/24/2018. (tb) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-05-2410Joint STATUS REPORT by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. (Morse, Josephine) (Entered: 05/24/2018)
2018-05-31MINUTE ORDER: Having considered the parties' Joint Status Report 10 ,it is hereby ordered that the parties shall file another report by July 2, 2018. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 5/31/18. (DJS) (Entered: 05/31/2018)
2018-06-01Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/2/2018. (tb) (Entered: 06/01/2018)
2018-07-0211Joint STATUS REPORT and Plaintiff's Request for Status Conference by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. (Morse, Josephine) (Entered: 07/02/2018)
2018-07-0212MOTION for Hearing by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION (See docket entry 11 to view document)(zrdj) (Entered: 07/06/2018)
2018-07-06MINUTE ORDER: Granting 12 Motion for Hearing. A Status Conference is hereby set July 26, 2018 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 9. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 7/6/18. (DJS) (Entered: 07/06/2018)
2018-07-06Set/Reset Hearings: A Status Conference is set 7/26/2018 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 9 before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (jth) (Entered: 07/06/2018)
2018-07-26Minute Entry: Status Conference held on 7/26/2018 before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan: Parties are to meet and confer before the next status hearing. Status Report due by 9/26/2018. Status Conference set for 10/5/2018 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 9 before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (Court Reporter Bryan Wayne) (tb) (Entered: 07/27/2018)
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