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Case TitleSMITH v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00777
Date Filed2018-04-05
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Tanya S. Chutkan
PlaintiffGRANT F. SMITH
Case DescriptionGrant Smith, founder of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Energy for a two-page document entitled "Guidance on Release of Information Relating to the Potential for an Israeli Nuclear Capability." DOE released a nearly completely redacted version of the document, citing Exemption 1 (national security) and Exemption 7(E) (investigative methods and techniques). Smith filed an administrative appeal, but the agency's denial decision was upheld. Smith's complaint is against both Energy and the Department of State, but his attachments have no correspondence with State. Smith ultimately filed suit against both the Energy Department and the State Department.
Complaint issues: Exemption 1 - Harm to national security

DefendantUNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DefendantJOHN J. SULLIVAN Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of State
DefendantRICK PERRY Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
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2018-04-051COMPLAINT against RICK PERRY, JOHN J. SULLIVAN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 4616090369) filed by GRANT F. SMITH. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(td) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-05SUMMONS (4) Issued as to RICK PERRY, JOHN J. SULLIVAN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (td) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-052NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by GRANT F. SMITH. Case related to Case No. 17cv1796 TSC. (td) Modified to correct related case no. on 4/23/2018 (td). (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-053MOTION for CM/ECF Password by GRANT F. SMITH (td) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-054MOTION for Permission to use Post Office Box and Agent Address by GRANT F. SMITH (td) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-12MINUTE ORDER: Granting Plaintiff's 3 Motion for CM/ECF Password; Granting Plaintiff's 4 Motion to use P.O. Box address. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 4/12/18. (DJS) (Entered: 04/12/2018)
2018-04-195NOTICE of Appearance by Sherri L. Morgan on behalf of RICK PERRY, JOHN J. SULLIVAN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Morgan, Sherri) (Entered: 04/19/2018)
2018-04-256RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/10/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/10/2018. (SMITH, GRANT) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-04-257RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 04/10/2018. (SMITH, GRANT) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-04-258RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. RICK PERRY served on 4/9/2018 (SMITH, GRANT) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-04-259RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. JOHN J. SULLIVAN served on 4/10/2018 (SMITH, GRANT) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-05-0310First MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer , First MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply by RICK PERRY, JOHN J. SULLIVAN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Morgan, Sherri) (Entered: 05/03/2018)
2018-05-07MINUTE ORDER: Granting 10 Defendants' Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. Defendants shall answer or otherwise respond to the complaint by June 11, 2018. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 5/7/18. (DJS) (Entered: 05/07/2018)
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