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Case TitleBUZZFEED, INC. et al v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv02567
Date Filed2018-11-07
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeChief Judge Beryl A. Howell
PlaintiffBUZZFEED, INC.
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
Case DescriptionBuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the final report and investigation of allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Leopold also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and granted Leopold's request for expedited processing. The agency told Leopold that his request qualified for unusual circumstances and would take more time to process. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees, Adequacy - Search

DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
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2018-11-071COMPLAINT against FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5781247) filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Summons)(Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 11/07/2018)
2018-11-07Case Assigned to Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell. (zmd) (Entered: 11/08/2018)
2018-11-082SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons 2nd, # 2 Summons 3rd, # 3 Notice and Consent) (zmd) (Entered: 11/08/2018)
2018-11-213STANDING ORDER. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on November 21, 2018. (lcbah3) (Entered: 11/21/2018)
2018-12-034RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 11/19/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 12/19/2018. (Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 12/03/2018)
2018-12-035RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 11/19/2018. (Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 12/03/2018)
2018-12-076AMENDED COMPLAINT AS OF RIGHT against FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Request #1, # 2 Exhibit B - Acknowledgment #1, # 3 Exhibit C - Expedited Processing #1, # 4 Exhibit D - Unusual Circumstances #1, # 5 Exhibit E - Request #2, # 6 Exhibit F - Acknowledgment #2, # 7 Exhibit G - Expedited Processing #2, # 8 Exhibit H - Unusual Circumstances #2, # 9 Exhibit I - Request #3, # 10 Exhibit J - Acknowledgment #3, # 11 Exhibit K - Expedited Processing #3, # 12 Exhibit L - Unusual Circumstances #3, # 13 Exhibit M - Request #4, # 14 Exhibit N - Acknowledgment #4, # 15 Exhibit ) - Expedited Processing #4, # 16 Exhibit P - Unusual Circumstances #4)(Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 12/07/2018)
2018-12-077NOTICE to Reissue Summons by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons)(Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 12/07/2018)
2018-12-108SUMMONS (3) REISSUED Electronically as to FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (zrdj). Modified event title on 12/13/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 12/10/2018)
2018-12-209NOTICE of Appearance by Cristen Cori Handley on behalf of FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (Handley, Cristen) (Entered: 12/20/2018)
2018-12-2010Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 6 Amended Complaint,,, by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Handley, Cristen) (Entered: 12/20/2018)
2018-12-21MINUTE ORDER (paperless) GRANTING the defendant's 10 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to Respond to Amended Complaint. Accordingly, the defendant shall, by January 16, 2019, file any response to the plaintiffs' 6 Amended Complaint. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on December 21, 2018. (lcbah3) (Entered: 12/21/2018)
2018-12-21Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer to the Amended Complaint by Federal Bureau of Investigation due by 1/16/2019. (tg) (Entered: 12/21/2018)
2019-01-0811MOTION to Stay Deadline to Respond to Amended Complaint by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (Handley, Cristen) (Entered: 01/08/2019)
2019-01-0812Memorandum in opposition to re 11 MOTION to Stay Deadline to Respond to Amended Complaint filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E)(Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 01/08/2019)
2019-01-08MINUTE ORDER (paperless) GRANTING the defendant's 11 Motion for a Stay in Light of Lapse in Appropriations, notwithstanding the plaintiffs' 12 Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Stay. Accordingly, the January 16, 2019 deadline for the defendant to respond to the plaintiffs' 6 Amended Complaint is stayed until Congress appropriates funds for the defendant, and it is ordered that the defendant shall file any response to the plaintiffs' 6 Amended Complaint within five days of Congress appropriating funds for the defendant. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on January 8, 2019. (lcbah3) (Entered: 01/08/2019)
2019-01-2813NOTICE of Restoration of Appropriations by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (Handley, Cristen) (Entered: 01/28/2019)
2019-01-3014ANSWER to 6 Amended Complaint,,, by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.(Handley, Cristen) (Entered: 01/30/2019)
2019-02-1315Joint STATUS REPORT by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (Handley, Cristen) (Entered: 02/13/2019)
2019-02-15MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 15 Joint Status Report, the parties to file, by March 15, 2019, a joint status report advising the Court of (1) the status of the defendant's searches, including an estimate of when those searches will be completed; (2) when the defendant expects to make a final determination for each of the plaintiffs' FOIA requests; and (3) a proposed schedule for the processing and production of records. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on February 15, 2019. (lcbah3) (Entered: 02/15/2019)
2019-02-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 3/15/2019. (tg) (Entered: 02/19/2019)
2019-03-0116NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/01/2019)
2019-03-0417NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE as to BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. Attorney Matthew Lynn Schafer terminated. (Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 03/04/2019)
2019-03-1518Joint STATUS REPORT by FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (Handley, Cristen) (Entered: 03/15/2019)
2019-03-15MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 18 Joint Status Report, the parties to file, by August 21, 2019, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties, and if so, a proposed schedule to govern further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on March 15, 2019. (lcbah3) (Entered: 03/15/2019)
2019-03-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/21/2019. (tg) (Entered: 03/15/2019)
2019-03-2519LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
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