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Case TitlePROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC. et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01202
Date Filed2018-05-22
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
PlaintiffPROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC.
PlaintiffRYAN NOAH SHAPIRO
Case DescriptionProperty of the People and researcher Ryan Shapiro submitted FOIA requests to the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Their requests to the FBI asked for records on filmmaker Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn, and for records concerning state and federal anti-whistleblower laws applicable to the agriculture industry. For all three requests, the FBI said it found no records. Property of the People filed administrative appeals of all three decisions with the Office of Information Policy. OIP upheld the FBI's responses. Property of the People submitted a FOIA request to DHS's Office of Intelligence and Analysis for records concerning filmmakers, documentaries, and organizations promoting veganism and animal welfare. Property of the People requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told Property of the People that it was invoking a 10-day extension. Property of the People also submitted a FOIA request to DHS regarding the anti-whistleblower laws pertaining to the agriculture industry. The agency told Property of the People that it had found no records. Property of the People filed an administrative appeal of that decision. Property of the People submitted a FOIA request to ONDI for records concerning filmmakers, documentaries, and organizations promoting veganism and animal welfare. Property of the People also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. After hearing nothing further from any of the agencies concerning its requests, Property of the People filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DefendantOFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
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2018-05-221COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5495986) filed by PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 05/22/2018)
2018-05-222LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 05/22/2018)
2018-05-24Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (zsb) (Entered: 05/24/2018)
2018-05-243SUMMONS (5) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 05/24/2018)
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