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Case TitleWITTES v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01073
Date Filed2018-05-07
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
PlaintiffBENJAMIN WITTES
Case DescriptionBenjamin Wittes, editor of the online publication Lawfare, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning payments made by the agency to the Trump International Hotel to reimburse accommodations of foreign diplomats. Wittes also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Wittes filed suit.
Complaint issues: Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Vaughn index, Adequacy - Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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2018-05-071COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5466473) filed by BENJAMIN WITTES. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons, # 6 Summons)(Schwartztol, Laurence) (Attachment 1 replaced on 5/8/2018) (zmd). (Entered: 05/07/2018)
2018-05-07Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (zmd) (Entered: 05/08/2018)
2018-05-082SUMMONS (3)Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (zmd) (Entered: 05/08/2018)
2018-05-183NOTICE of Appearance by Damon William Taaffe on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 05/18/2018)
2018-05-214RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 5/15/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 6/14/2018. (Schwartztol, Laurence) (Entered: 05/21/2018)
2018-05-215RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 5/15/18. (Schwartztol, Laurence) (Entered: 05/21/2018)
2018-05-216RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 5/15/2018 (Schwartztol, Laurence) (Entered: 05/21/2018)
2018-06-147ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 06/14/2018)
2018-06-148NOTICE of Appearance by Damon William Taaffe on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 06/14/2018)
2018-06-26MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by July 12, 2018. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 6/26/2018. (lccrc3) (Entered: 06/26/2018)
2018-06-27Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 7/12/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 06/27/2018)
2018-07-129Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 07/12/2018)
2018-07-18MINUTE ORDER: Defendant shall make its first release of responsive records by August 31, 2018, and make monthly releases thereafter to the extent necessary. The parties shall also file a Joint Status Report by September 7, 2018, in which they will report on their progress and propose a briefing schedule if necessary. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 7/18/2018. (lccrc3) (Entered: 07/18/2018)
2018-07-19Set/Reset Deadlines: First release of responsive records due by 8/31/2018; monthly releases due thereafter to the extent necessary. Joint Status Report due by 9/7/2018. (jl) (Entered: 07/19/2018)
2018-08-0310NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE as to BENJAMIN WITTES. (Murphy, Allison) (Entered: 08/03/2018)
2018-09-0511Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 09/05/2018)
2018-09-05MINUTE ORDER: In light of the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report by October 15, 2018, in which they will report on their progress and propose a briefing schedule if necessary. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 09/05/2018. (lccrc3) (Entered: 09/05/2018)
2018-09-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/15/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-10-1512Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 10/15/2018)
2018-10-17MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 12 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further status report on or before November 15, 2018, to include a proposed briefing schedule if necessary. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 10/17/2018. (lccrc3) (Entered: 10/17/2018)
2018-10-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Further Status Report due by 11/15/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 10/17/2018)
2018-11-1413Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 11/14/2018)
2018-11-16MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further status report on or before December 14, 2018, to include a proposed briefing schedule if necessary. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 11/16/2018. (lccrc3) (Entered: 11/16/2018)
2018-11-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report and Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 12/14/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 11/19/2018)
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