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Case TitleCAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01771
Date Filed2018-07-30
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Tanya S. Chutkan
PlaintiffCAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER
Case DescriptionThe Campaign Legal Center submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for records pertaining to a request from Arthur Gary, General Counsel of the Justice Management Division, to the Census Bureau asking it to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form. CLC also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and granted CLC's request for expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency, CLC filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2018-07-301COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5611117) filed by CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Summons, # 8 Civil Cover Sheet with Notice of Related Case)(Miller, Adam) (Entered: 07/30/2018)
2018-07-302LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER (Miller, Adam) (Entered: 07/30/2018)
2018-07-303NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER. Case related to Case No. 18-1187. (sth) (Entered: 07/31/2018)
2018-07-30Case Assigned to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (zsth) (Entered: 07/31/2018)
2018-07-314SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsth) (Entered: 07/31/2018)
2018-08-075RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/1/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/31/2018. (Miller, Adam) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
2018-08-076RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 08/01/2018. (Miller, Adam) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
2018-08-077RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 8/1/2018 (Miller, Adam) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
2018-08-308NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua M. Kolsky on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 08/30/2018)
2018-08-309ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 08/30/2018)
2018-08-31MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. The requirements of LCvR 16.3 and Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil procedure appear to be inapplicable. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and propose a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule shall address the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, whether and when either party anticipates filing a dispositive motion, and any other pertinent issues. The parties shall file a joint status report that addresses these issues and that contains a proposed schedule and proposed order no later than 9/28/18. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 8/31/8. (DJS) (Entered: 08/31/2018)
2018-08-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/28/2018. (tb) (Entered: 08/31/2018)
2018-09-0410NOTICE of Appearance by Danielle M. Lang on behalf of CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER (Lang, Danielle) (Entered: 09/04/2018)
2018-09-05Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/28/2018. (tb) (Entered: 09/05/2018)
2018-09-2811Joint STATUS REPORT by CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A - Declaration of Joseph F. Klimavicz, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B - CLC Proposed Order, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C - DOJ Proposed Order)(Miller, Adam) (Entered: 09/28/2018)
2018-10-24MINUTE ORDER: A Status Conference is hereby set for 10/31/18 at 10:30 am in Courtroom 9. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 10/24/18. (DJS) (Entered: 10/24/2018)
2018-10-25Set/Reset Hearings: Status Conference set for 10/31/2018 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 9 before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (tb) (Entered: 10/25/2018)
2018-10-2612NOTICE of Appearance by Nadav Ariel on behalf of CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER (Ariel, Nadav) (Entered: 10/26/2018)
2018-10-31Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan: Status Conference held on 10/31/2018. The Court directed the parties to submit a Joint Status Report on or before December 17, 2018. (Order forthcoming.) (Court Reporter Bryan Wayne.) (tg) Modified to add deadline on 10/31/2018 (tg). (Entered: 10/31/2018)
2018-10-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/17/2018. (tg) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
2018-10-31MINUTE ORDER: Having considered the parties' Joint Status Report 11 and the updates provided at the October 31, 2018 Status Conference, the parties are ordered to adhere to the following deadlines. With respect to the FOIA requests made to the Justice Management Division, the 170 pages that were referred to the Office of Information Policy, the 40 pages that were referred to the Department of Commerce, and 5 pages that were referred to the Census Bureau shall be processed and produced on or before December 12, 2018. Further, the status report, due on or before December 17, 2018, shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following: (1) an update on the production due on or before December 12, 2018; (2) an update on whether the searches that are scheduled to be rerun in the next three months are duplicative of Plaintiff's requests; (3) an update on whether the fact that the instant request was granted expedited processing should result in it advancing in the queue; (4) a production schedule for the documents that are responsive to the requests made to the Office of the Attorney General; and (5) a proposed status conference date. In addition, the parties are directed to file, three days before the next status conference, a proposed summary judgment briefing schedule. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 10/31/2018. (lctsc1) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
2018-12-1713Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Joint Status Report by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 12/17/2018)
2018-12-17MINUTE ORDER: Granting 13 Motion for Extension of Time to File to File Joint Status Report. Joint Status and proposed order due 1/5/19. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 12/17/18. (DJS) (Entered: 12/17/2018)
2018-12-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 1/5/2019. (tb) (Entered: 12/19/2018)
2018-12-2114ENTERED IN ERROR. . . . .NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by Paul Cirino on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Substituting for attorney Joshua M. Kolsky (Cirino, Paul) Modified on 1/4/2019 (ztd). (Entered: 12/21/2018)
2019-01-04NOTICE OF ERROR re 14 Substitution of Counsel; emailed to paul.cirino@usdoj.gov, cc'd 9 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Incorrect header/caption/case number, 2. Please refile document, 3. Document has the incorrect case number (ztd, ) (Entered: 01/04/2019)
2019-01-0715MOTION to Stay in Light of Lapse in Appropriations by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 01/07/2019)
2019-01-0716RESPONSE re 15 MOTION to Stay in Light of Lapse in Appropriations filed by CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER. (Ariel, Nadav) (Entered: 01/07/2019)
2019-01-2417NOTICE of Change of Law Firm Name by CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER (Ariel, Nadav) (Entered: 01/24/2019)
2019-01-2818NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by Paul Cirino on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Substituting for attorney Joshua Kolsky (Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 01/28/2019)
2019-02-1519Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order (Plaintiff's Proposal), # 2 Text of Proposed Order (Defendant's Proposal))(Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 02/15/2019)
2019-02-19MINUTE ORDER: Having considered the parties' February 15, 2019 Joint Status Report 19 , the parties are ordered to adhere to the following deadlines. With respect to Plaintiff's request for records of the Office of the Attorney General, Defendant shall complete its production of non-exempt responsive records by March 29, 2019. And on or before April 5, 2019, the parties shall file a status report, which includes a proposed summary judgment briefing schedule. A status conference is set for April 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom 9. Further, the motion 15 to stay is TERMINATED as moot. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 2/19/2019. (lctsc1) (Entered: 02/19/2019)
2019-02-21Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Status Report due by 4/5/2019. Status Conference set for 4/11/2019 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 9 before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (tb) (Entered: 02/21/2019)
2019-04-0520Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 04/05/2019)
2019-04-11Minute Entry: Status Conference held on 4/11/2019 before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan: Cross Motion due by 5/22/2019. Response to Cross Motion due by 6/5/2019. Reply to Cross by 6/12/2019. Summary Judgment motion due by 5/8/2019. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 5/22/2019. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 6/5/2019. (Court Reporter Scott Wallace) (tb) (Entered: 04/12/2019)
2019-04-17MINUTE ORDER: Defendant's Motion for summary judgment due by 5/8/2019. Plaintiff's combined response/cross-motion for summary judgment due by 5/22/2019. Defendant's combined reply/response due 6/5/2019. Plaintiff's reply due by 6/12/2019. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 4/17/19. (DJS) Modified on 4/18/2019 (tb). (Entered: 04/17/2019)
2019-04-3021NOTICE of Change of Address by Nadav Ariel (Ariel, Nadav) (Entered: 04/30/2019)
2019-05-0822MOTION for Summary Judgment by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Statement of Facts, # 3 Declaration of Michael H. Allen (with JMD Vaughn Index), # 4 Declaration of Vanessa R. Brinkmann (with Exhibits and OIP Vaughn Index), # 5 Declaration of Tink Cooper, # 6 Exhibits A-G to Cooper Declaration, # 7 Exhibits H-L to Cooper Declaration, # 8 Civil Rights Division Vaughn Index, # 9 Text of Proposed Order)(Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 05/08/2019)
2019-05-2223RESPONSE re 22 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Nadav Ariel, # 2 Exhibit 1, # 3 Exhibit 2, # 4 Exhibit 3, # 5 Exhibit 4, # 6 Exhibit 5, # 7 Exhibit 6, # 8 Exhibit 7, # 9 Exhibit 8, # 10 Exhibit 9, # 11 Exhibit 10, # 12 Exhibit 11, # 13 Exhibit 12, # 14 Exhibit 13, # 15 Exhibit 14, # 16 Exhibit 15, # 17 Exhibit 16, # 18 Text of Proposed Order)(Ariel, Nadav) (Entered: 05/22/2019)
2019-05-2224Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment by CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Nadav Ariel, # 2 Exhibit 1, # 3 Exhibit 2, # 4 Exhibit 3, # 5 Exhibit 4, # 6 Exhibit 5, # 7 Exhibit 6, # 8 Exhibit 7, # 9 Exhibit 8, # 10 Exhibit 9, # 11 Exhibit 10, # 12 Exhibit 11, # 13 Exhibit 12, # 14 Exhibit 13, # 15 Exhibit 14, # 16 Exhibit 15, # 17 Exhibit 17, # 18 Text of Proposed Order)(Ariel, Nadav) (Entered: 05/22/2019)
2019-06-0525REPLY to opposition to motion re 22 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration (Second) of Vanessa R. Brinkmann, # 2 Declaration (Supplemental) of Tink Cooper, # 3 Response to Plaintiff's Statement of Undisputed Facts)(Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 06/05/2019)
2019-06-0526Memorandum in opposition to re 24 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration (Second) of Vanessa R. Brinkmann, # 2 Declaration (Supplemental) of Tink Cooper, # 3 Response to Plaintiff's Statement of Undisputed Facts, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 06/05/2019)
2019-06-1227REPLY to opposition to motion re 24 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Declaration of N. Ariel, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit B)(Ariel, Nadav) (Entered: 06/12/2019)
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