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Case TitleThe New York Times Company et al v. United States Department of State
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2019cv00645
Date Filed2019-01-23
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Jed S. Rakoff
PlaintiffThe New York Times Company
PlaintiffEric Lipton
Case DescriptionNew York Times reporter Eric Lipton submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning ethics complaints filed by staff related to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao's scheduled trip to China. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told Lipton that his request seemed to concern Transportation rather than State and asked him if he wanted to continue. Lipton indicated that he had sent a separate FOIA request to Transportation and wanted to continue with the processing of his request to State. The agency told Lipton that it had a backlog of 10,600 requests and as a result his request would take time to process. Lipton contacted State for an estimated completion date. State gave him an estimated completion date of April 2019. Lipton and the New York Times then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of State
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2019-01-231COMPLAINT against United States Department of State. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number ANYSDC-16228536)Document filed by The New York Times Company, Eric Lipton.(McCraw, David) (Entered: 01/23/2019)
2019-01-232CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (McCraw, David) (Entered: 01/23/2019)
2019-01-233RULE 7.1 CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. Identifying Other Affiliate Blackrock, Inc. for The New York Times Company. Document filed by The New York Times Company.(McCraw, David) (Entered: 01/23/2019)
2019-01-234REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to United States Department of State, re: 1 Complaint. Document filed by Eric Lipton, The New York Times Company. (McCraw, David) (Entered: 01/23/2019)
2019-01-24CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge John G. Koeltl. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Please download and review the ECF Rules and Instructions, located at . (jgo) (Entered: 01/24/2019)
2019-01-24Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger is so designated. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 636(c) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73(b)(1) parties are notified that they may consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge. Parties who wish to consent may access the necessary form at the following link: . (jgo) (Entered: 01/24/2019)
2019-01-24Case Designated ECF. (jgo) (Entered: 01/24/2019)
2019-01-245ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to United States Department of State. (jgo) (Entered: 01/24/2019)
2019-01-30NOTICE OF CASE REASSIGNMENT to Judge Jed S. Rakoff. Judge John G. Koeltl is no longer assigned to the case. (ma) (Entered: 01/30/2019)
2019-02-116AMENDED COMPLAINT amending 1 Complaint against United States Department of State.Document filed by The New York Times Company, Eric Lipton. Related document: 1 Complaint.(McCraw, David) (Entered: 02/11/2019)
2019-02-147NOTICE OF APPEARANCE by Joseph Nicholas Cordaro on behalf of United States Department of State. (Cordaro, Joseph) (Entered: 02/14/2019)
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