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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 Carl J. Nichols
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
DefendantUNITED STATES ARMY
DefendantNATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
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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)
2018-07-104AMENDED COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, UNITED STATES ARMY, NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY filed by PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Attachments: # 1 Summons)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 07/10/2018)
2018-07-115SUMMONS (2) Issued Electronically as to NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, UNITED STATES ARMY. (ztd) (Entered: 07/11/2018)
2018-07-276RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/16/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/15/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 7/20/2018; DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 7/16/2018; NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY served on 7/19/2018; OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE served on 7/23/2018; UNITED STATES ARMY served on 7/20/2018, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 7/16/18. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 07/27/2018)
2018-08-157NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua M. Kolsky on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, UNITED STATES ARMY (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 08/15/2018)
2018-08-158ANSWER to 4 Amended Complaint, by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, UNITED STATES ARMY.(Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 08/15/2018)
2019-02-269NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by Matthew Evan Kahn on behalf of All Defendants Substituting for attorney Joshua Kolsky (Kahn, Matthew) (Entered: 02/26/2019)
2019-06-05MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. Since the requirements of LCvR 16.3 and Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not apply, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by June 19, 2019. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 6/5/2019. (lccrc1) (Entered: 06/05/2019)
2019-06-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 6/19/2019 (lsj) (Entered: 06/06/2019)
2019-06-1310Joint STATUS REPORT by PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC., RYAN NOAH SHAPIRO. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 06/13/2019)
2019-06-18MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 10 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the summary judgment briefing shall proceed as follows: Defendants shall file their motion for summary judgment by August 2, 2019; Plaintiffs shall file their opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment by September 16, 2019; Defendants shall file their reply and opposition by October 7, 2019; and Plaintiffs shall file their reply by October 28, 2019. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 6/18/2019. (lccrc1) (Entered: 06/18/2019)
2019-06-18Set/Reset Deadlines: Defendants' Summary Judgment motion due by 8/2/2019. Plaintiffs' Response and Cross Motion due by 9/16/2019. Defendants' Reply and Response to Cross Motion due by 10/7/2019. Plaintiffs' Reply to Cross Motion due by 10/28/2019. (kh) (Entered: 06/18/2019)
2019-06-24Case directly reassigned to Judge Carl J. Nichols. Judge Christopher R. Cooper is no longer assigned to the case. (ztnr) (Entered: 06/24/2019)
2019-08-0211NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal re Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, United States Army, National Security Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (Kahn, Matthew) (Entered: 08/02/2019)
2019-08-0212MOTION for Summary Judgment by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Statement of Facts, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Declaration, # 5 Text of Proposed Order)(Kahn, Matthew) (Entered: 08/02/2019)
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