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Case TitleSMITH v. U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv02048
Date Filed2018-08-31
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Tanya S. Chutkan
PlaintiffGRANT F. SMITH
Case DescriptionGrant Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, submitted FOIA requests to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the Clinton Presidential Library for presidential letters sent to Israel pledging not to pressure the Israeli government into signing the non-proliferation treaty on nuclear weapons. Smith asked for a fee waiver. The libraries acknowledged receipt of the requests and issued a Glomar response neither confirming nor denying the existence of records. Smith filed administrative appeals for both Glomar responses, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Smith filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Recovery of Costs

DefendantU.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
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2018-08-311COMPLAINT against U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 4616094352) filed by GRANT F. SMITH. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(ztd) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-08-312NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by GRANT F. SMITH. Case related to Case No. 17CV1796. (ztd) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-08-313MOTION for Permission to Use Post Office Box by GRANT F. SMITH (ztd) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-08-31SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (ztd) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-09-134RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/10/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/10/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 9/11/18., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION served on 9/10/2018 (ztd) (Entered: 09/14/2018)
2018-09-135MOTION for CM/ECF Password by GRANT F. SMITH (ztd) (Entered: 09/14/2018)
2018-09-18MINUTE ORDER: Granting 3 Motion for Permission to Use Post Office Box; Granting 5 Motion for CM/ECF Password. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 9/18/18. (DJS) (Entered: 09/18/2018)
2018-09-276NOTICE of Appearance by Scott Leeson Sroka on behalf of All Defendants (Sroka, Scott) (Entered: 09/27/2018)
2018-10-057NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by Michael Fraser Knapp on behalf of All Defendants Substituting for attorney Scott Leeson Sroka (Knapp, Michael) (Entered: 10/05/2018)
2018-10-108ANSWER to 1 Complaint by U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION.(Knapp, Michael) (Entered: 10/10/2018)
2018-10-10MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. The requirements of LCvR 16.3 and Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil procedure appear to be inapplicable. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and propose a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule shall address the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, whether and when either party anticipates filing a dispositive motion, and any other pertinent issues. The parties shall file a joint status report that addresses these issues and that contains a proposed schedule and proposed order no later than 11/12/18. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 10/10/18. (DJS) (Entered: 10/10/2018)
2018-10-12Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/12/2018. (tb) (Entered: 10/12/2018)
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