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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01914
Date Filed2018-08-15
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Randolph D. Moss
Case DescriptionAdam Lovinger, who served as a senior director at the National Security Council from January to May 2017 and formerly a DOD employee, submitted a FOIA/PA request to the Department of Defense's Consolidated Adjudications Facility pertaining to a whistleblower complaint he had filed. He asked for emails containing his name sent by three named individuals. The agency told Lovinger that it had found 75 responsive pages but was withholding them entirely under a variety of FOIA and Privacy Act exemptions. The individual making that determination was the individual Lovinger had accused in his whistleblower complaint. Lovinger filed an administrative appeal, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Lovinger filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2018-08-151COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5641167) filed by ADAM S LOVINGER. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, # 3 Summons U.S. Attorney General, # 4 Summons U.S. Department of Defense)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 08/15/2018)
2018-08-15Case Assigned to Judge Randolph D. Moss. (zmd) (Entered: 08/16/2018)
2018-08-162NOTICE of Appearance by Michael Bekesha on behalf of ADAM S. LOVINGER (Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 08/16/2018)
2018-08-213SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (zmd) (Entered: 08/21/2018)
2018-08-214STANDING ORDER: The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives set forth in the attached Standing Order. See document for details. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 8/21/2018. (lcrdm2, ) (Entered: 08/21/2018)
2018-08-285RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/27/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 9/26/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 8/27/2018., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE served on 8/27/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Bekesha, Michael) (Entered: 08/28/2018)
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