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Case TitleSAVAGE v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01920
Date Filed2018-08-15
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffLEN SAVAGE
Case DescriptionLen Savage, a manufacturer of gun accessories, submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning shootings committed with the use of a bump-stock, particularly the shooting in Las Vegas. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and divided it into two separate requests. The agency told Savage that its records systems were not set up in such a way that it could search for his request for records concerning the use of bump-stocks in crimes. As to the Las Vegas shooting, the FBI denied records under Exemption 7(A) (ongoing investigation or proceeding). Savage filed administrative appeals of both decisions, but they were affirmed on appeal. Savage then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Defendant2255
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20535
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2018-08-151COMPLAINT against FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5642152) filed by LEN SAVAGE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit FOIA to FBI 4.9.2018, # 2 Exhibit FBI denial because it cannot search, # 3 Exhibit Stamboulieh, Stephen, AP-2018-004282, FBI - Affirm, # 4 Exhibit Fbi Denial for Las Vegas Shooting, # 5 Exhibit Appeal to FBI 5.22.2018, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet)(Stamboulieh, Stephen) (Entered: 08/15/2018)
2018-08-152REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE re 1 Complaint, filed by LEN SAVAGE. Related document: 1 Complaint, filed by LEN SAVAGE. (Attachments: # 1 Summons proposed summons, # 2 Summons proposed summons)(Stamboulieh, Stephen) (Entered: 08/15/2018)
2018-08-16Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zsb) (Entered: 08/16/2018)
2018-08-173STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 8/17/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 08/17/2018)
2018-08-214SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 08/21/2018)
2018-08-285RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION served on 8/27/2018, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/27/2018. ( 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. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Return on Civil Process Clerk US Attorney, # 2 Exhibit Proof of Service on Attorney General, # 3 Exhibit Return on US Attorney General, # 4 Exhibit Proof of Service on FBI, # 5 Exhibit Return on FBI, # 6 Exhibit Receipt with tracking numbers and payment)(Stamboulieh, Stephen) (Entered: 08/28/2018)
2018-09-266NOTICE of Appearance by Denise M. Clark on behalf of All Defendants (Clark, Denise) (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-09-267ANSWER to Complaint by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.(Clark, Denise) (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-09-268ORDER directing the parties to file a Joint Status Report by October 26, 2018. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 9/26/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-09-26Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/26/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-10-269Joint STATUS REPORT by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (Clark, Denise) (Entered: 10/26/2018)
2018-10-29MINUTE ORDER. In light of 9 Joint Status Report, parties are ORDERED to file a further joint status report on or before December 15, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Trevor N. McFadden on 10/29/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 10/29/2018)
2018-10-29Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/15/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 10/29/2018)
2018-12-1410Joint STATUS REPORT by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (Clark, Denise) (Entered: 12/14/2018)
2018-12-17MINUTE ORDER. In light of 10 Joint Status Report, parties are ORDERED to file a further joint status report on or before January 19, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Trevor N. McFadden on 12/17/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 12/17/2018)
2018-12-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 1/19/2019. (hmc) (Entered: 12/17/2018)
2019-01-1711Unopposed MOTION to Stay , Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to All Deadlines by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Pfaffenroth, Peter) (Entered: 01/17/2019)
2019-01-18MINUTE ORDER granting 11 Motion to Stay. Upon considering the Defendant's 11 Motion to Stay, it is hereby ordered that this matter shall be stayed until Congress has restored appropriations to the Department of Justice. It is further ordered that the Defendant will notify the Court immediately upon resumption of appropriations. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 1/18/2019. (lctnm1) (Entered: 01/18/2019)
2019-01-2812NOTICE of Restored Government Funding by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (Clark, Denise) (Entered: 01/28/2019)
2019-01-28MINUTE ORDER. The Court hereby lifts the stay in this case. The parties are further ORDERED to file a further status report on or before February 4, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 1/28/19. (lctnm1) (Entered: 01/28/2019)
2019-01-28Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 2/4/2019. (hmc) (Entered: 01/28/2019)
2019-02-0413Joint STATUS REPORT by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (Clark, Denise) (Entered: 02/04/2019)
2019-02-05MINUTE ORDER. In light of 13 Joint Status Report, parties are ORDERED to file a further joint status report on or before March 15, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Trevor N. McFadden on 2/5/19. (lctnm1) (Entered: 02/05/2019)
2019-02-05Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 3/15/2019. (hmc) (Entered: 02/05/2019)
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