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Case TitleGoldschmidt v. United States Department of Education
DistrictNorthern District of Illinois
Case Number1:2018cv05666
Date Filed2018-08-20
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeHonorable Marvin E. Aspen
PlaintiffJona Goldschmidt
Case DescriptionJona Goldschmidt, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Loyola University Chicago, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Education for an Excel spreadsheet of 4-year colleges subject to the Clery Act and the email addresses of the schools' Clery Act reporting officers. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency told Goldschmidt that it had no responsive records because such records were not collected by the agency. Further, it claimed that making such a spreadsheet would require the agency to create a record. Goldschmidt filed an administrative appeal of the decision. The agency told him that the information was available on its website. After Goldschmidt was unable to locate such a list on the agency's website, he filed suit.
Complaint issues: Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Education
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2018-08-201COMPLAINT filed by Jona Goldschmidt; Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0752-14844485. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibits 1 - 5)(Manchel, Brett) (Entered: 08/20/2018)
2018-08-202ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Jona Goldschmidt by Brett Adam Manchel (Manchel, Brett) (Entered: 08/20/2018)
2018-08-203CIVIL Cover Sheet (Manchel, Brett) (Entered: 08/20/2018)
2018-08-21CASE ASSIGNED to the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen. Designated as Magistrate Judge the Honorable Young B. Kim. (jjr, ) (Entered: 08/21/2018)
2018-08-224MINUTE entry before the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen: Initial status hearing set for 12/6/2018 at 10:30 a.m. Mailed notice (ags, ) (Entered: 08/22/2018)
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