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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) v. United States Department of Justice
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2018cv01459
Date Filed2018-03-06
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)
Case DescriptionThe Center for Investigative Reporting submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning its investigation into the 1965 ambush of two African-American law enforcement officers in Varnado, Louisiana. One officer died while the other survived. The FBI finally closed the investigation in 2016. The LSU School of Mass Communications Cold Case Project requested the file in 2016, which was disclosed in heavily redacted form. CIR requested the unredacted file. CIR also asked for a fee waiver and expedited processing. The FBI denied CIR's request for expedited processing and placed it in the news media fee category. After hearing nothing further from the agency, CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees, Expedited processing

DefendantUnited States Department of Justice
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2018-03-061COMPLAINT against United States Department of Justice (Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-12164323). Filed by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet)(Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/6/2018) Modified on 3/7/2018 (slhS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/06/2018)
2018-03-062Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/6/2018) (Entered: 03/06/2018)
2018-03-063Certificate of Interested Entities by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/6/2018) (Entered: 03/06/2018)
2018-03-074Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. 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 3/21/2018. (haS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/7/2018) (Entered: 03/07/2018)
2018-03-075Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 5/31/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 6/7/2018 01:30 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom F, 15th Floor. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/7/2018) (Entered: 03/07/2018)
2018-03-076Summons Issued as to United States Department of Justice. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/7/2018) (Entered: 03/07/2018)
2018-03-097CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/9/2018) (Entered: 03/09/2018)
2018-03-198CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/19/2018) (Entered: 03/19/2018)
2018-04-129CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by United States Department of Justice.. (Saltiel, Steven) (Filed on 4/12/2018) (Entered: 04/12/2018)
2018-04-1210ANSWER to Complaint byUnited States Department of Justice. (Saltiel, Steven) (Filed on 4/12/2018) (Entered: 04/12/2018)
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