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Case TitleBUZZFEED INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01535
Date Filed2018-06-27
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
PlaintiffBUZZFEED INC.
Case DescriptionBuzzfeed, Inc. submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Education for records concerning letters sent to six specific schools regarding Title IX investigations at their schools. Buzzfeed also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and granted Buzzfeed's request for a fee waiver. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Buzzfeed filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
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2018-06-271COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5558966) filed by BUZZFEED INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Civil Cover Sheet, # 5 Summons (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 06/27/2018)
2018-06-272NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 06/27/2018)
2018-06-29Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (zsb) (Entered: 06/29/2018)
2018-06-293SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (zmd) (Entered: 06/29/2018)
2018-07-114NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Lynn Schafer on behalf of BUZZFEED INC. (Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 07/11/2018)
2018-07-235RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION served on 7/13/2018 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/23/2018)
2018-07-236RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 7/16/2018. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/23/2018)
2018-07-237RETURN 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. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/23/2018)
2018-08-158Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 08/15/2018)
2018-08-16MINUTE ORDER granting 8 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant's answer is due on or before September 7, 2018. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 08/16/2018. (lccrc3) (Entered: 08/16/2018)
2018-08-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 9/7/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 08/16/2018)
2018-09-069ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.(Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-09-06MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by September 21, 2018. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 09/06/2018. (lccrc3) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-09-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 9/21/2018 (lsj) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-09-2010PROPOSED BRIEFING SCHEDULE by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. (Hendry, Melanie) Modified event title on 9/24/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 09/20/2018)
2018-09-20VACATED PURSUANT TO MINUTE ORDER ENTERED 11/16/18.....MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 10 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall adhere to the briefing schedule as follows: Defendant's motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before November 16, 2018; Plaintiff's cross-motion for summary judgment and opposition shall be filed on or before December 17, 2018; Defendant's opposition and reply shall be filed on or before January 25, 2019; Plaintiff's reply shall be filed on or before February 15, 2019. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 09/20/2018. (lccrc3) Modified on 11/19/2018 (zlsj). (Entered: 09/20/2018)
2018-09-21Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 11/16/2018. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 12/17/2018. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 1/25/2019. Replies due by 2/15/2019. (lsj) (Entered: 09/21/2018)
2018-11-1511Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Summary Judgment Motion by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 11/15/2018)
2018-11-16VACATED PURSUANT TO MINUTE ORDER ENTERED 12/7/2018.....MINUTE ORDER granting 11 Motion for Extension of Time to File and vacating the briefing schedule entered on September 20, 2018. The parties shall adhere to a briefing schedule as follows: Defendant shall file its motion for summary judgment on or before December 7, 2018; Plaintiff shall file its opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment on or before January 7, 2019; Defendant shall file its reply and opposition on or before February 15, 2019; Plaintiff shall file its reply on or before March 8, 2019. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 11/16/2018. (lccrc3) Modified on 12/10/2018 (zlsj). (Entered: 11/16/2018)
2018-11-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 12/7/2018. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 1/7/2019. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 2/15/2019. Replies due by 3/8/2019. (lsj) (Entered: 11/19/2018)
2018-12-0612Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Summary Judgment Motion by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 12/06/2018)
2018-12-07VACATED PURSUANT TO MINUTE ORDER ENTERED 12/21/2018.....MINUTE ORDER granting Defendant's 12 Motion for Extension of Time to File and vacating the briefing schedule entered on 11/16/2018. The parties shall adhere to the following briefing schedule: Defendant shall file its motion for summary judgment on or before December 21, 2018; Plaintiff shall file its opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment on or before January 22, 2019; Defendant shall file its reply and opposition on or before March 1, 2019; Plaintiff shall file its reply on or before March 22, 2019. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 12/07/2018. (lccrc3) Modified on 12/21/2018 (zlsj). (Entered: 12/07/2018)
2018-12-10Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 12/21/2018. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 1/22/2019. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 3/1/2019. Responses due by 3/22/2019 (lsj) (Entered: 12/10/2018)
2018-12-2113MOTION for Extension of Time to File Summary Judgment Motion by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 12/21/2018)
2018-12-21VACATED PURSUANT TO ORDER FILED ON 2/7/2019.....MINUTE ORDER granting Defendant's 13 Motion for Extension of Time and vacating the briefing schedule entered on 12/7/2018. The parties shall adhere to the following briefing schedule, and no further extensions shall be granted to Defendant: Defendant shall file its motion for summary judgment on or before February 6, 2019; Plaintiff shall file its opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment on or before March 6, 2019; Defendant shall file its reply and opposition on or before April 5, 2019; Plaintiff shall file its reply on or before April 26, 2019. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 12/21/2018. (lccrc3) Modified on 2/7/2019 (znbn). (Entered: 12/21/2018)
2018-12-21Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 2/6/2019. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 3/6/2019. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 4/5/2019. Plaintiff's Reply due by 4/26/2019. (lsj) (Entered: 12/21/2018)
2019-02-0514Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Motion for Summary Judgment , Unopposed MOTION to Modify Briefing Schedule by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Lyons, Jane) (Entered: 02/05/2019)
2019-02-07MINUTE ORDER granting 14 Motion to Modify Briefing Schedule and vacating the schedule entered on December 21, 2018. The parties shall adhere to the following briefing schedule: Defendant shall file its motion for summary judgment on or before February 13, 2019; Plaintiff shall file its opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment on or before March 13, 2019; Defendant shall file its reply and opposition on or before April 12, 2019; Plaintiff shall file its reply on or before May 3, 2019. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 02/07/2019. (lccrc3) (Entered: 02/07/2019)
2019-02-07Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 2/13/2019. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 3/13/2019. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 4/12/2019. Replies due by 5/3/2019. (znbn) (Entered: 02/07/2019)
2019-02-1315MOTION for Summary Judgment by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Attachments: # 1 Statement of Facts, # 2 Declaration of Kristine Minami, # 3 Declaration of Lauren E.M. Skerrett, # 4 Declaration of Robert Carey, # 5 Declaration of David R. Sumners)(Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 02/13/2019)
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