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Case TitleINSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE v. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01477
Date Filed2018-06-22
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffINSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE
Case DescriptionThe Institute for Justice submitted two FOIA requests to the IRS for records concerning civil asset forfeiture policies. The Institute of Justice also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and provided an interim response containing seven documents. The IRS later disclosed another 174 documents, most of which were heavily redacted under Exemption 7(A) (interference with ongoing investigation or proceeding). The Institute for Justice submitted the same request to the Department of Justice. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from either agency, Institute for Justice filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantINTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2018-06-221COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5550915) filed by INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit J, # 11 Civil Cover Sheet, # 12 Summons to Internal Revenue Service, # 13 Summons to Department of Justice, # 14 Summons to U.S. Attorney General, # 15 Summons to U.S. Attorney for D.C.)(Prins, Andrew) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
2018-06-222Corporate Disclosure Statement by INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE. (Prins, Andrew) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
2018-06-22Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zmd) (Entered: 06/25/2018)
2018-06-253NOTICE of Appearance by Ryan S. Baasch on behalf of INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE (Baasch, Ryan) (Entered: 06/25/2018)
2018-06-254STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 6/25/2018. (lctnm3) (Entered: 06/25/2018)
2018-06-265SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (zmd) (Entered: 06/26/2018)
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