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Case TitleJUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01072
Date Filed2018-05-07
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge James E. Boasberg
PlaintiffJUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning interviews with Tom Blanoff pertaining to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged misconduct in appointing a replacement for Sen. Barack Obama. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but told Judicial Watch that it would not process the request without a showing that disclosure would be in the public interest. Judicial Watch provided supplemental information as to why disclosure was in the public interest, but the FBI denied the request. Judicial Watch then filed an administrative appeal, which was also denied. Judicial Watch then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2018-05-071COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5466455) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, # 3 Summons U.S. Attorney General, # 4 Summons US Department of Justice)(Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 05/07/2018)
2018-05-072LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 05/07/2018)
2018-05-07Case Assigned to Judge James E. Boasberg. (zmd) (Entered: 05/08/2018)
2018-05-083SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (tth) (Additional attachment(s) added on 5/8/2018: # 1 Notice and Consent) (ztth). (Entered: 05/08/2018)
2018-05-104NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. Case related to Case No. 17-cv-1147. (Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 05/10/2018)
2018-05-235RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 5/21/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 6/20/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 05/21/2018., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 5/21/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 05/23/2018)
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