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Case TitleWP COMPANY LLC v. SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv02622
Date Filed2018-11-14
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amy Berman Jackson
PlaintiffWP COMPANY LLC
doing business as WASHINGTON POST
Case DescriptionWashington Post reporter Craig Whitlock submitted a FOIA request to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction for records concerning transcripts and audio recordings of interviews conducted for SIGAR's "Lessons Learned Program." The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but refused to provide identities for all the interviewees. The agency disclosed about half of the records, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, the Post filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantSPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION
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2018-11-141COMPLAINT WP COMPANY LLC d/b/a THE WASHINGTON POST against All Defendants SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5790610) filed by WASHINGTON POST COMPANY. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit Exhibit K, # 12 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet, # 13 Summons SIGAR Summons, # 14 Summons Whitaker Summons, # 15 Summons Liu Summons)(Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 11/14/2018)
2018-11-142NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by All Plaintiffs. Case related to Case No. 1:17-cv-2114. (Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 11/14/2018)
2018-11-143LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by WASHINGTON POST COMPANY (Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 11/14/2018)
2018-11-15Case Assigned to Judge Amy Berman Jackson. (zrdj) (Entered: 11/15/2018)
2018-11-154SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zrdj) (Entered: 11/15/2018)
2018-11-215RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 11/16/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 12/16/2018. (Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 11/21/2018)
2018-11-216RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 11/16/2018. (Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 11/21/2018)
2018-11-217RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION served on 11/19/2018 (Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 11/21/2018)
2018-12-178NOTICE of Appearance by Michael Fraser Knapp on behalf of SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION (Knapp, Michael) (Entered: 12/17/2018)
2018-12-179ANSWER to Complaint by SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - SIGAR ltr to WP (May 31, 2017))(Knapp, Michael) (Entered: 12/17/2018)
2018-12-19MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. The requirements of Local Civil Rule 16.3 and Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure appear to be inapplicable. Defendant shall file a dispositive motion or, in the alternative, a report setting forth the schedule for the completion of its production of documents to plaintiff, on or before January 22, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 12/19/2018. (lcabj3) (Entered: 12/19/2018)
2019-01-1710Unopposed MOTION to Stay by SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Knapp, Michael) (Entered: 01/17/2019)
2019-01-18MINUTE ORDER granting 10 Motion to Stay. The government must file a notice within two days of the resumption of operations and it should include a proposed revised schedule if necessary. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 01/18/2019. (lcabj3) (Entered: 01/18/2019)
2019-01-2811NOTICE of Restoration of Appropriations by SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION (Knapp, Michael) (Entered: 01/28/2019)
2019-01-29MINUTE ORDER. In light of the government's notice 11 , the stay in this case is lifted. The Court considered both the plaintiff's justifiable frustration with the pace of the government's compliance with its FOIA obligations and the representations of the defendant, however given the burdens placed upon all of the agencies and federal employees due to the shutdown, the Court finds that the defendant's request for a modest extension is not unreasonable. Accordingly, defendant must file a dispositive motion or a report with a production schedule by February 11, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 01/29/2019. (lcabj3) (Entered: 01/29/2019)
2019-02-1112STATUS REPORT SETTING FORTH PRODUCTION SCHEDULE by SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION. (Knapp, Michael) (Entered: 02/11/2019)
2019-02-12MINUTE ORDER. After considering the parties' positions 12 , the Court will establish the following schedule: defendant must make its next production by March 11, 2019, and it must produce the remainder of the records on a rolling basis with the goal of completing the production by May 15, 2019. Defendant must also file a status report by March 12, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 02/12/2019. (lcabj3) (Entered: 02/12/2019)
2019-03-1213STATUS REPORT by SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION. (Knapp, Michael) (Entered: 03/12/2019)
2019-03-14MINUTE ORDER. Defendant must file an updated status report by May 15, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 03/14/2019. (lcabj3) (Entered: 03/14/2019)
2019-05-1514STATUS REPORT by SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION. (Knapp, Michael) (Entered: 05/15/2019)
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