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Case TitleThe New York Times Company et al v. United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2018cv02902
Date Filed2018-04-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Gregory H. Woods
PlaintiffThe New York Times Company
PlaintiffEileen Sullivan
Case DescriptionNew York Times Reporter Eileen Sullivan submitted a FOIA request to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for records concerning communications between the agency and Congress or a variety of gun-related organizations pertaining to bump stocks. Sullivan also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency denied Sullivan's request for expedited processing but told her that as a member of the media she would not be charged search fees. After hearing nothing further from the agency, the New Times and Sullivan filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
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2018-04-021COMPLAINT against United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number 0208-14887516)Document filed by The New York Times Company, Eileen Sullivan.(Langford, John) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-022FILING ERROR - PDF ERROR - CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (Langford, John) Modified on 4/3/2018 (jgo). (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-023FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT PLEADING - SUMMONS REQUEST PDF ERROR - REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, re: 1 Complaint. Document filed by Eileen Sullivan, The New York Times Company. (Langford, John) Modified on 4/3/2018 (jgo). (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-024RULE 7.1 CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. Identifying Other Affiliate Grupo Financiero Inbursa, S.A.B. de C.V. for The New York Times Company. Document filed by Eileen Sullivan, The New York Times Company.(Langford, John) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-03***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT CIVIL COVER SHEET. Notice to attorney John Langford to RE-FILE Document No. 2 Civil Cover Sheet. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): pdf not signed or dated by attorney;. Re-file the document using the event type Civil Cover Sheet found under the event list Other Documents and attach the correct PDF. Use civil cover sheet issued by S.D.N.Y. dated June 2017. The S.D.N.Y. Civil Cover Sheet dated June 2017 is located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/file/forms/civil-cover-sheet.. (jgo) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-035CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (Langford, John) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-03CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge Gregory H. Woods. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/judges/District . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Please download and review the ECF Rules and Instructions, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf_filing.php . (jgo) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-03Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron is so designated. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 636(c) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73(b)(1) parties are notified that they may consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge. Parties who wish to consent may access the necessary form at the following link: http://nysd.uscourts.gov/forms.php . (jgo) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-03Case Designated ECF. (jgo) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-03***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS. Notice to Attorney John Langford to RE-FILE Document No. 3 Request for Issuance of Summons,. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): party name whom summons is for is not exactly correct on pdf;. Re-file the document using the event type Request for Issuance of Summons found under the event list Service of Process - select the correct filer/filers - and attach the correct summons form PDF. (jgo) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-036REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, re: 1 Complaint. Document filed by Eileen Sullivan, The New York Times Company. (Langford, John) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-047ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. (jgo) (Entered: 04/04/2018)
2018-04-118AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE (FOIA CASE) of Summons and Complaint served. United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives served on 4/9/2018, answer due 5/9/2018. Service was made by MAIL. Document filed by The New York Times Company; Eileen Sullivan. (Langford, John) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-119AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE (FOIA CASE) of Summons and Complaint served. United States Attorney General served on 4/9/2018, answer due 5/9/2018. Service was made by MAIL. Document filed by The New York Times Company; Eileen Sullivan. (Langford, John) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-1110AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE (FOIA CASE) of Summons and Complaint served. United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York served on 4/9/2018, answer due 5/9/2018. Service was made by MAIL. Document filed by The New York Times Company; Eileen Sullivan. (Langford, John) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
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