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Case TitleDEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00686
Date Filed2018-03-27
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amit P. Mehta
PlaintiffDEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION
Case DescriptionDemocracy Forward Foundation submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning an unscheduled October 4, 2017 press conference held by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. DFF also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, DFF filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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2018-03-271COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5391463) filed by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Civil Cover Sheet, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons, # 6 Summons)(Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-03-27Case Assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. (zmd) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-03-292SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (tth) (Entered: 03/29/2018)
2018-04-173RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/4/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/4/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 4/4/18., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 4/4/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(Jones, Karianne) (Entered: 04/17/2018)
2018-05-034ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 05/03/2018)
2018-05-095ORDER. Both a Complaint and an Answer are now before the court in this FOIA case. It is hereby ordered that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report on or before May 23, 2018. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 05/09/2018. (lcapm3) (Entered: 05/09/2018)
2018-05-09Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Joint Status Report due by 5/23/2018. (zcdw) (Entered: 05/10/2018)
2018-05-236Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 05/23/2018)
2018-05-23MINUTE ORDER. The parties shall file a Joint Status Report on or before June 25, 2018, advising the court of their progress in this matter and, if necessary, proposing a briefing schedule. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 05/23/2018. (lcapm3) (Entered: 05/23/2018)
2018-05-23Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/25/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 05/25/2018)
2018-06-257Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 06/25/2018)
2018-06-27MINUTE ORDER. The parties shall file a Joint Status Report on or before July 19, 2018, advising the court of their progress in this matter and, if necessary, proposing a briefing schedule. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 06/27/2018. (lcapm3) (Entered: 06/27/2018)
2018-06-27Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/19/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 06/28/2018)
2018-07-198Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 07/19/2018)
2018-07-23MINUTE ORDER. In light of the parties' 8 Joint Status Report, the parties shall submit a subsequent Joint Status Report advising the court of their progress on or before August 31, 2018. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 07/23/2018. (lcapm3) (Entered: 07/23/2018)
2018-07-24Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/31/2018. (tg) (Entered: 07/24/2018)
2018-08-319Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 08/31/2018)
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