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Case TitleAmerican Civil Liberties Union Foundation et al v. Department of Justice et al
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2019cv00290
Date Filed2019-01-17
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Sallie Kim
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union Foundation
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Foundation of Northern California
Case DescriptionThe American Civil Liberties Union submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State for records concerning the government's use of social media surveillance technology. The ACLU also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. Several agencies denied the ACLU's request for expedited processing. The State Department told the ACLU that its request did not sufficiently describe the records sought. The ACLU filed administrative appeals of all denials. Having heard nothing further from any of the agencies, the ACLU filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Adequacy - Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver

DefendantDepartment of Justice
DefendantFederal Bureau of Investigation
DefendantDepartment of Homeland Security
DefendantU.S. Customs and Border Protection
DefendantU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
DefendantU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
DefendantDepartment of State
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2019-01-171COMPLAINT for Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act against Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (Filing Fee: $400.00, receipt number 0971-13010965). Filed by American Civil Liberties Foundation of Northern California, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. (Attachments: #(1) Civil Cover Sheet)(Cagle, Matthew) (Filed on 1/17/2019) Modified on 1/18/2019 (tnS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 01/17/2019)
2019-01-172Proposed Summons. (Cagle, Matthew) (Filed on 1/17/2019) (Entered: 01/17/2019)
2019-01-173CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE filed by American Civil Liberties Foundation of Northern California, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Certification of Interested Entities or Persons (Cagle, Matthew) (Filed on 1/17/2019) (Entered: 01/17/2019)
2019-01-174MOTION for Leave to Appear in Pro Hac Vice, (Filing Fee: $310.00, receipt number 0971-13010990) (Filing Fee Previously Paid on 1/17/2019) filed by American Civil Liberties Foundation of Northern California, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. (Handeyside, Hugh) (Filed on 1/17/2019) (Entered: 01/17/2019)
2019-01-175Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseopening. Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges. Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 1/31/2019. (srnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/17/2019) (Entered: 01/17/2019)
2019-01-186ORDER by Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim granting 4 Motion for Pro Hac Vice. (sklc2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/18/2019) (Entered: 01/18/2019)
2019-01-187Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Joint Case Management Statement due by 4/15/2019. Initial Case Management Conference set for 4/22/2019 at 1:30 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom C, 15th Floor. (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/18/2019) (Entered: 01/18/2019)
2019-01-188Summons Issued as to Defendants Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection & U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/18/2019) (Entered: 01/18/2019)
2019-01-309CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by American Civil Liberties Foundation of Northern California, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.. (Handeyside, Hugh) (Filed on 1/30/2019) (Entered: 01/30/2019)
2019-01-3110SUMMONS Returned Executed (FOIA) by American Civil Liberties Foundation of Northern California, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. Department of Homeland Security served on 1/23/2019, answer due 2/22/2019; Department of Justice served on 1/23/2019, answer due 2/22/2019; Department of State served on 1/23/2019, answer due 2/22/2019; Federal Bureau of Investigation served on 1/23/2019, answer due 2/22/2019; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services served on 1/23/2019, answer due 2/22/2019; U.S. Customs and Border Protection served on 1/23/2019, answer due 2/22/2019; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement served on 1/23/2019, answer due 2/22/2019. (Handeyside, Hugh) (Filed on 1/31/2019) (Entered: 01/31/2019)
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