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Case TitleWATSON v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01645
Date Filed2018-07-09
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Dabney L. Friedrich
PlaintiffBOBBY KEITH WATSON
Case DescriptionBobby Watson submitted a FOIA request to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the FBI for records of a specific investigation conducted by the FBI. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The FBI told Watson that it had already disclosed responsive records as a result of two earlier FOIA requests filed by Watson. Watson filed an administrative appeal with the Office of Information Policy, which upheld the FBI's initial decision. After hearing nothing from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Watson filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantU.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE Eastern District of Tennessee
DefendantU.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
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2018-07-09Initiating Pleading & IFP Application Received on 07/09/2018. A copy of the docket sheet has been mailed to the address of record for the pro se party. (zsb) (Entered: 07/13/2018)
2018-07-091COMPLAINT against U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION filed by BOBBY KEITH WATSON.(zsb) (Entered: 07/13/2018)
2018-07-092MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis by BOBBY KEITH WATSON (zsb) (tempaty2, ). (Entered: 07/13/2018)
2018-07-193FIAT ORDER granting 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis "Leave to file without prepayment of costs GRANTED." Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 07/19/2018. (zsb) (Entered: 07/23/2018)
2018-07-19Case Assigned to Judge Dabney L. Friedrich. (zsb) (Entered: 07/24/2018)
2018-07-244SUMMONS (5) Issued as to U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (zsb) (zsb). (Entered: 07/24/2018)
2018-08-025RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION served on 7/30/2018. (tth) (Entered: 08/03/2018)
2018-08-036RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 8/2/2018. RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 8/2/2018. RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/2/2018. (Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/1/2018.) (tth) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
2018-08-037RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE served on 8/2/2018. (tth) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
2018-08-308Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer by U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (McBride, Patricia) (Entered: 08/30/2018)
2018-08-309NOTICE of Proposed Order by U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (McBride, Patricia); Modified text on 8/31/2018 (tth). (Entered: 08/30/2018)
2018-08-31MINUTE ORDER granting the defendants' 8 Consent Motion for Enlargement of Time. Accordingly, the defendants' response to the plaintiff's complaint shall be filed on or before October 3, 2018. Signed by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on August 31, 2018. (JK) (Entered: 08/31/2018)
2018-08-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 10/3/2018. (JK) (Entered: 08/31/2018)
2018-09-2810Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer by U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McBride, Patricia) (Entered: 09/28/2018)
2018-10-03MINUTE ORDER granting the defendants' 10 Consent Motion for Extension of Time. Accordingly, the defendants' response to the complaint shall be filed on or before November 2, 2018. Signed by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on October 3, 2018. (JK) (Entered: 10/03/2018)
2018-10-03Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 11/2/2018. (JK) (Entered: 10/03/2018)
2018-11-0111MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply by U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (McBride, Patricia) (Entered: 11/01/2018)
2018-11-02MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the defendants' 11 Motion for Enlargement of Time, which the plaintiff does not oppose, it is ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED. The defendants' response to the complaint shall be filed on or before November 14, 2018. Because this is the third extension sought by the defendants, no further extensions will be permitted. Signed by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on November 2, 2018. (JK) (Entered: 11/02/2018)
2018-11-1412ANSWER to 1 Complaint by U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.(McBride, Patricia) (Entered: 11/14/2018)
2018-11-20MINUTE ORDER requiring the parties to MEET AND CONFER and file a joint status report proposing a schedule for further proceedings. The status report should address the status of the plaintiff's FOIA request, including the anticipated number of documents responsive to the request and the anticipated date(s) for release of the requested documents. The parties shall file the joint status report on or before December 18, 2018. Signed by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on November 20, 2018. (JK) (Entered: 11/20/2018)
2018-11-3013MOTION for Summary Judgment by BOBBY KEITH WATSON (zrdj) (Entered: 12/03/2018)
2018-12-04MINUTE ORDER. On November 20, 2018, the Court entered an order requiring the parties to MEET AND CONFER and file on or before December 18, 2018 a joint status report proposing a schedule for further proceedings. On December 3, 2018, the plaintiff filed a motion for summary judgment 13 . The plaintiff's motion is premature. Pursuant to the Court's November 20, 2018 order, the parties shall file a joint status report on or before December 18, 2018 that proposes a schedule for further proceedings and addresses the status of the plaintiff's FOIA request, including the anticipated number of documents responsive to the request and the anticipated date(s) for release of the requested documents. Signed by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on December 4, 2018. (JK) (Entered: 12/04/2018)
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