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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting, et al., v. United States Department of Justice
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2018cv04852
Date Filed2018-08-10
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting
PlaintiffAaron Sankin
Case DescriptionCenter for Investigative Reporting reporter Aaron Sankin submitted two FOIA requests to the FBI for records concerning reports pertaining to extremist activity on 4chan. CIR also requested expedited processing and inclusion in the news media fee category. The FBI acknowledged receipt of the requests. The agency provided 18 pages of previously released records in response to Sankin's first request and told Sankin that more responsive records might exist. Sankin filed an administrative appeal of that decision. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Sankin and CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Justice
DefendantDepartment of Justice
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2018-08-101COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF; against Department of Justice ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-12585746.). Filed by The Center for Investigative Reporting, et al., (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex. A, # 2 Exhibit Ex. B, # 3 Exhibit Ex. C, # 4 Exhibit Ex. D, # 5 Exhibit Ex. E, # 6 Exhibit Ex. F, # 7 Civil Cover Sheet)(Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/10/2018) Modified on 8/13/2018 (aaaS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 08/10/2018)
2018-08-102Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/10/2018) (Entered: 08/10/2018)
2018-08-103Certificate of Interested Entities by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/10/2018) (Entered: 08/10/2018)
2018-08-104Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 8/24/2018. (jmlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/10/2018) (Entered: 08/10/2018)
2018-08-10Electronic filing error . Corrected by Clerk's Office. No further action is necessary. Re: 1 Complaint, filed by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) Plaintif f Party Sankin was not entered. Plaintiff & Defendant Parties Entered Incorrectly. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/10/2018) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-105Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 11/6/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 11/13/2018 10:00 AM. Signed by Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte on 8/10/18. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/10/2018) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-136Summons Issued as to United States Department of Justice. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/13/2018) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-137CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by The Center for Investigative Reporting.. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/13/2018) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-218CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Aaron Sankin, The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/21/2018) (Entered: 08/21/2018)
2018-08-239CLERK'S NOTICE: The parties are hereby notified that the Case Management Conference is rescheduled to 11/6/2018 at 10:30 AM in San Francisco, Courtroom E, 15th Floor by Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte. The Case Management Statement is now due by 10/30/2018. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (shyS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/23/2018) (Entered: 08/23/2018)
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