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Case TitleDEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00734
Date Filed2018-04-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amit P. Mehta
PlaintiffDEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION
Case DescriptionDemocracy Forward Foundation submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Policy for records concerning materials sent on behalf of individuals who had been nominated to serve as judges om federal courts of appeal. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and took a 10-day extension. 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

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantAMERICAN OVERSIGHT
DefendantCITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON
DefendantNATIONAL SECURITY COUNSELORS
DefendantOPEN THE GOVERNMENT
DefendantPROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT
DefendantPUBLIC CITIZEN, INC.
DefendantSUNLIGHT FOUNDATION
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2018-04-021COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5399741) filed by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-022LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION (Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-02Case Assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. (zsth) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-033SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsth) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-164NOTICE of Appearance by Robin Frances Thurston on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Thurston, Robin) (Entered: 04/16/2018)
2018-04-165ENTERED IN ERROR.....RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. All Plaintiffs (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(Thurston, Robin) Modified on 4/17/2018 (jf). (Entered: 04/16/2018)
2018-04-17NOTICE OF CORRECTED DOCKET ENTRY: Document No. re 5 Summons Returned Executed as to Federal Defendant was entered in error and counsel was instructed to refile said pleading using the correct event(s) and must select each defendant and not the plaintiff. (jf) (Entered: 04/17/2018)
2018-04-196RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 4/5/2018, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 4/5/18., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/5/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/5/2018.) (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(Thurston, Robin) (Entered: 04/19/2018)
2018-04-307NOTICE of Appearance by Rhonda Lisa Campbell on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Campbell, Rhonda) (Entered: 04/30/2018)
2018-05-078NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by Kevin Matthew Snell on behalf of All Defendants Substituting for attorney Rhonda Campbell (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 05/07/2018)
2018-05-079ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - FOIA Request, # 2 Exhibit B - February 28, 2018 Letter)(Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 05/07/2018)
2018-05-0910ORDER. 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: 05/11/2018)
2018-05-2311Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 05/23/2018)
2018-05-24MINUTE ORDER entering the Open America briefing schedule proposed in the parties' 11 Joint Status Report. The schedule for further proceedings in this matter is as follows: (1) Defendant's Motion for a Stay shall be filed no later than June 22, 2018; (2) Plaintiff's Opposition shall be filed no later than July 13, 2018; (3) Defendant's Reply shall be filed no later than July 27, 2018. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 05/24/2018. (lcapm3) (Entered: 05/24/2018)
2018-05-24Set/Reset Deadlines: Defendant's Motion for Stay due by 6/22/2018. Plaintiff's Opposition due by 7/13/2018. Defendant's Reply due by 7/27/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 05/25/2018)
2018-06-2212MOTION to Stay by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Vanessa R. Brinkmann, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
2018-07-0913Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply re 12 MOTION to Stay by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Thurston, Robin) . (Entered: 07/09/2018)
2018-07-10MINUTE ORDER granting 13 Motion for Extension of Time. The schedule for further proceedings in this matter is as follows: Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendant's 12 Motion for Stay shall be filed no later than July 20, 2018; and Defendant's Reply shall be filed no later than August 8, 2018. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 07/10/2018. (lcapm3) (Entered: 07/10/2018)
2018-07-10Set/Reset Deadlines: Plaintiff's Opposition due by 7/20/2018. Defendant's Reply due by 8/8/2018. (zjd) (Entered: 07/10/2018)
2018-07-2014MOTION for Leave to File AMICUS CURIAE MEMORANDUM by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT, CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSELORS, OPEN THE GOVERNMENT, PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT, PUBLIC CITIZEN, INC., SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit AMICUS CURIAE MEMORANDUM, # 2 Text of Proposed Order PROPOSED ORDER)(Evers, Austin) (Entered: 07/20/2018)
2018-07-2015Memorandum in opposition to re 12 MOTION to Stay filed by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Thurston, Robin) . (Entered: 07/20/2018)
2018-07-23MINUTE ORDER granting 14 Motion for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief in support of Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Stay of Proceedings. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 07/23/2018. (lcapm3) (Entered: 07/23/2018)
2018-07-2316AMICUS BRIEF re 12 MOTION to Stay by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT, CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNSELORS, OPEN THE GOVERNMENT, PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT, PUBLIC CITIZEN, INC., SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION. (jf) (Entered: 07/24/2018)
2018-08-0817REPLY to opposition to motion re 12 MOTION to Stay filed by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 08/08/2018)
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