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Case TitleCITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON v. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv02071
Date Filed2018-09-04
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffCITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON
Case DescriptionCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington submitted a FOIA request to the General Services Administration for records concerning communications between GSA and the White House pertaining to the renovation of the FBI headquarters building. CREW also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and subsequently told CREW that its request for a fee waiver had been granted. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, CREW filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantGENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
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2018-09-041COMPLAINT against GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5670096) filed by CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons GSA, # 3 Summons Attorney General, # 4 Summons U.S. Attorney)(Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 09/04/2018)
2018-09-042LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON (Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 09/04/2018)
2018-09-04Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zsth) (Entered: 09/05/2018)
2018-09-053SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsth) (Entered: 09/05/2018)
2018-09-074ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 09/07/18. (DM) (Entered: 09/07/2018)
2018-09-175NOTICE of Appearance by Nikhel Sus on behalf of CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON (Sus, Nikhel) (Main Document 5 replaced on 9/20/2018) (ztd). (Entered: 09/17/2018)
2018-09-186RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/14/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/14/2018. (Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 09/18/2018)
2018-09-187RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION served on 9/13/2018 (Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 09/18/2018)
2018-09-188RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 9/14/18. (Weismann, Anne) (Entered: 09/18/2018)
2018-10-109NOTICE of Appearance by William Mark Nebeker on behalf of GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (Nebeker, William) (Entered: 10/10/2018)
2018-10-16MINUTE ORDER: Plaintiff perfected service on Defendant on September 14, 2018. A government agency has thirty days from the date of service to answer a FOIA Complaint. 5 U.S.C.A. § 522(a)(4)(C). Defendant's Answer was due October 14, 2018. As of this date, the Court has not received Defendant's Answer. The Court ORDERS Defendant to file an Answer by OCTOBER 19, 2018. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 10-16-2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 10/16/2018)
2018-10-1710ANSWER to Complaint by GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION.(Nebeker, William) (Entered: 10/17/2018)
2018-10-1811ORDER. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 10/18/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 10/18/2018)
2018-10-1812NOTICE Regarding Service by GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (Nebeker, William) (Entered: 10/18/2018)
2018-10-18Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/8/2018. (dot) (Entered: 10/22/2018)
2018-11-0813Joint STATUS REPORT by GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION. (Nebeker, William) (Entered: 11/08/2018)
2018-11-08MINUTE ORDER: The Court is in receipt of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report. The parties report that Defendant is presently reviewing the resulting records found during the search conducted pursuant to Plaintiff's FOIA request. Defendant's search recovered over 4,000 potentially responsive pages. Defendant anticipates producing responsive, non-exempt records by November 30, 2018. After releasing the records, Plaintiff will need time to review the records and to engage in discussions with Defendant, should any issues be unresolved. Accordingly, the court ORDERS the parties to file a Joint Status Report by DECEMBER 14, 2018, advising the Court whether further proceedings, including briefing, are warranted. If briefing is required, the parties are ordered to propose a briefing schedule in their Joint Status Report. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 11/8/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 11/08/2018)
2018-11-08Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/14/2018, advising the Court whether further proceedings, including briefing, are warranted. (dot) (Entered: 11/13/2018)
2018-11-1314NOTICE of Change of Address by Nikhel Sus (Sus, Nikhel) (Entered: 11/13/2018)
2018-12-1415Joint STATUS REPORT by GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION. (Nebeker, William) (Entered: 12/14/2018)
2018-12-17MINUTE ORDER: The Court is in receipt of the parties' 15 Joint Status Report. The parties report that Defendant has reviewed the records relating to Plaintiff's FOIA request but has withheld the responsive records in full pursuant to multiple FOIA exemptions. The parties are continuing to discuss ways to narrow the issues to be litigated or to eliminate the need for briefing altogether. Accordingly, the Court sets the following schedule. The parties are ORDERED to file another Joint Status Report on JANUARY 25, 2019, informing the Court of the parties' status on narrowing the issues for litigation. If required, the Court further ORDERS Defendant to file its motion for summary judgment by FEBRUARY 11, 2019 and Plaintiff to file its opposition to Defendant's motion and cross-motion for summary judgment by MARCH 4, 2019. The Court further ORDERS that Defendant file its combined reply and opposition by MARCH 25, 2019, and that Plaintiff file its reply by APRIL 8, 2019. Should the parties succeed in resolving this matter prior to the above-proposed deadlines, they are ORDERED to promptly advise the Court. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 12/17/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 12/17/2018)
2018-12-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Plaintiff's Cross Motion due by 3/4/2019. Response to Cross Motion due by 3/25/2019. Reply to Cross Motion due by 4/8/2019. Defendant's Summary Judgment Motion due by 2/11/2019. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 3/4/2019. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 3/25/2019. (dot) (Entered: 12/18/2018)
2019-01-2516Unopposed MOTION to Stay (Defendant's Motion to Stay Proceedings in Light of Lapse in Appropriations) by GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Nebeker, William) (Entered: 01/25/2019)
2019-01-28MINUTE ORDER: The court is in receipt of Defendant's 16 Unopposed Motion to Stay Proceedings in Light of Lapse in Appropriations. Defendant requests a Stay based on the lapse of appropriations to the Department of Justice. But, as appropriations to the Department have now been restored for at least three weeks, Defendant's motion to Stay is DENIED. Defendant also requests an extension on its deadline for filing its Joint Status Report, which was due on January 25, 2019. Defendant's motion for an extension is GRANTED. The parties are ORDERED to file a Joint Status Report by FEBRUARY 8, 2019, indicating how the parties intend to proceed and proposing a briefing schedule if necessary. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 1/28/2019. (lcckk3) (Entered: 01/28/2019)
2019-01-28Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 2/8/2019, indicating how the parties intend to proceed and proposing a briefing schedule if necessary. (dot) (Entered: 01/29/2019)
2019-02-0817Joint STATUS REPORT by CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON. (Sus, Nikhel) (Entered: 02/08/2019)
2019-02-08MINUTE ORDER: The court is in receipt of the parties' 17 Joint Status Report. The parties have conferred and propose a briefing schedule to resolve Defendant's determination that any material responsive to Plaintiff's request is exempt from FOIA. The Court ORDERS Defendant to file its Motion for Summary Judgment by MARCH 28, 2019, Plaintiff to file its Opposition and any Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment by APRIL 29, 2019, Defendant to file its Reply and Response to Plaintiff's Cross-Motion by MAY 23, 2019, and Plaintiff to file any Reply by JUNE 17, 2019. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 2/8/2019. (lcckk3) (Entered: 02/08/2019)
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