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Case TitleKOWAL v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv02798
Date Filed2018-11-30
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Timothy J. Kelly
PlaintiffBARBARA KOWAL
Case DescriptionBarbara Kowal, a paralegal in the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Middle District of Florida, submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice and various components for records concerning the conviction of Daniel Troya, who had been represented by the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Middle District of Florida. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the request. The FBI located 416 pages, releasing 134 pages in full and withholding 141 pages entirely under Exemption 7 (law enforcement records). The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms also disclosed records, withholding some under Exemption 7 as well. Kowal filed an administrative appeal of the FBI's decision, which was denied. She also inquired as to whether ATF's disclosure was a final appealable decision. After hearing nothing further from the agencies, Kowal filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantBUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES
DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20535
DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
DefendantDRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
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2018-11-301COMPLAINT for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief against All Defendants (Fee Status:Filing Fee Waived) filed by BARBARA KOWAL. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit K, # 12 Exhibit L, # 13 Exhibit M, # 14 Exhibit N, # 15 Exhibit O, # 16 Exhibit P, # 17 Exhibit Q, # 18 Exhibit R, # 19 Exhibit S, # 20 Exhibit T, # 21 Civil Cover Sheet, # 22 Summons ATF, # 23 Summons DEA, # 24 Summons DOJ, # 25 Summons FBI)(Doss, Donald) (Entered: 11/30/2018)
2018-11-302NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by BARBARA KOWAL. Case related to Case No. 18-938. (Doss, Donald) (Entered: 11/30/2018)
2018-11-303MOTION for Waiver of Filing Fee by BARBARA KOWAL (Doss, Donald) (Entered: 11/30/2018)
2018-12-064ERRATA by BARBARA KOWAL. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Complaint)(Doss, Donald) (Entered: 12/06/2018)
2018-12-06Case Assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly. (zsb) (Entered: 12/06/2018)
2018-12-065SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES, DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 12/06/2018)
2018-12-11MINUTE ORDER granting Plaintiff's 3 Motion to Waive Filing Fee. It is hereby ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion is GRANTED. The Clerk of Court is directed to waive the filing fee in this action, and the U.S. Marshals Service is directed to effect service on Defendants on Plaintiff's behalf. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 12/11/2018. (lctjk2) (Entered: 12/11/2018)
2018-12-115SUMMONS (6) Issued as to BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES, DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (zsb) (Entered: 12/12/2018)
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