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Case TitlePoulsen v. Office of the Director of National Intelligence
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2018cv01862
Date Filed2018-03-26
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte
PlaintiffKevin Poulsen
Case DescriptionJournalist Kevin Poulsen submitted a FOIA request to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for five semi-annual reports prepared by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. Poulsen also requested a fee waiver. The agency did not acknowledge receipt of Poulsen's email requests and he sent the request through the U.S. Postal Service, which confirmed his request had been received at the agency. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Poulsen filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees, Adequacy - Search

DefendantOffice of the Director of National Intelligence
Complaint attachment 1
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2018-03-261COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF; against Office of the Director of National Intelligence ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-12220670.). Filed byKevin Poulsen. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Kaupp, William) (Filed on 3/26/2018) Modified on 3/27/2018 (aaaS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/26/2018)
2018-03-262Proposed Summons. (Kaupp, William) (Filed on 3/26/2018) (Entered: 03/26/2018)
2018-03-27Electronic filing error. Incorrect PDF attached. [err201] The civil cover sheet filed is outdated. Please find the updated civil cover sheet at and re-file it using the event civil cover sheet. Re:[1-1] Civil Cover Sheet filed by Kevin Poulsen (jmlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/27/2018) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-03-273Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte. 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 4/10/2018. (jmlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/27/2018) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-03-274Civil Cover Sheet by Kevin Poulsen . (Kaupp, William) (Filed on 3/27/2018) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-03-275Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 6/19/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 6/26/2018 10:00 AM. Signed by Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte on 3/27/18. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/27/2018) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-03-276Summons Issued as to Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/27/2018) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-04-097CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Kevin Poulsen.. (Kaupp, William) (Filed on 4/9/2018) (Entered: 04/09/2018)
2018-04-168CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Kevin Poulsen (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(Kaupp, William) (Filed on 4/16/2018) (Entered: 04/16/2018)
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