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Case TitleArab American Action Network v. Department of Homeland Security et al
DistrictNorthern District of Illinois
CityChicago
Case Number1:2018cv06528
Date Filed2018-09-26
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeHonorable John Z. Lee
PlaintiffArab American Action Network
Case DescriptionThe Arab American Action Network submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice concerning its Countering Violent Extremists program and its operations in Chicago and Illinois. AAAN also requested a fee waiver. DHS acknowledged receipt of the requests and asked for clarification, which AAAN provided. The FBI also acknowledged receipt of the request but told AAAN that a search of its central records system found no responsive records. AAAN filed an administrative appeal of the FBI's no records response. The agency granted the appeal and remanded the request back to the FBI for further searches. After hearing nothing further from either agency, AAAN filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDepartment of Homeland Security
DefendantDepartment of Justice
DefendantFederal Bureau of Investigation
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2018-09-261COMPLAINT filed by Arab American Action Network. Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0752-14990778. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A through I)(Wenzloff, Aaron) (Docket Text Modified by Clerks Office) (ew, ). (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-09-262CIVIL Cover Sheet (Wenzloff, Aaron) (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-09-263ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Arab American Action Network by Aaron Paul Wenzloff (Wenzloff, Aaron) (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-09-26CASE ASSIGNED to the Honorable John Z. Lee. Designated as Magistrate Judge the Honorable Sidney I. Schenkier. (daj, ) (Docket Text Modified by Clerks Office) (ew, ). (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-09-264ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Arab American Action Network by Hanan Erikat Van Dril (Van Dril, Hanan) (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-09-26SUMMONS Issued as to Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Attorney General (daj, ) (Entered: 09/26/2018)
2018-09-275NOTICE TO THE PARTIES - The Court is participating in the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot (MIDP). The key features and deadlines are set forth in this Notice which includes a link to the (MIDP) Standing Order and a Checklist for use by the parties. In cases subject to the pilot, all parties must respond to the mandatory initial discovery requests set forth in the Standing Order before initiating any further discovery in this case. Please note: The discovery obligations in the Standing Order supersede the disclosures required by Rule 26(a)(1). Any party seeking affirmative relief must serve a copy of the following documents (Notice of Mandatory Initial Discovery and the Standing Order) on each new party when the Complaint, Counterclaim, Crossclaim, or Third-Party Complaint is served. (nsf, ) (Entered: 09/27/2018)
2018-09-286MINUTE entry before the Honorable John Z. Lee: Initial status hearing set for 11/13/18 at 9:00 a.m. Judge Lee participates in the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project ("Project"). The Project applies to all cases filed on or after June 1, 2017, excluding the following: (1) cases exempted by Rule 26(a)(1)(B), (2) actions brought by a person in the custody of the United States, a state, or a state subdivision, regardless of whether an attorney is recruited, (3) actions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, (4) patent cases governed by the Local Patent Rules, and (5) cases transferred for consolidated administration in the District by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("Exempt Cases").For all cases to which the Project applies, Judge Lee requires (1) each attorney appearing on behalf of Plaintiff(s) to file a "Certification by Attorney Regarding Discovery Obligations Under Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project" form within 28 days after the filing of the Complaint and (2) each attorney appearing on behalf of Defendant(s) to file the certification form with the Answer. The parties are directed to file a joint initial status report four business days prior to the initial status hearing. The certification form and initial status report requirements are set forth in Judge Lee's standing order regarding the "Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project" available on the Courts website. For all Exempt Cases, the parties are directed to file a joint initial status report four business days prior to the initial status hearing in accordance with the standing order governing "Initial Status Report in Cases Exempt from the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project" also available on the Court's website. Mailed notice (ca, ) (Entered: 09/28/2018)
2018-10-017CERTIFICATE Certification form regarding MIDP (Van Dril, Hanan) (Entered: 10/01/2018)
2018-10-038SUMMONS Returned Executed by Arab American Action Network as to All Defendants., SUMMONS Returned Executed by Arab American Action Network as to All Defendants on 10/3/2018, answer due 10/24/2018 (Van Dril, Hanan). (Docket text modified by the Clerk's office) Modified on 10/4/2018 (mc, ). (Entered: 10/03/2018)
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