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Case TitleHUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER v. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOM'S ENFORCEMENT
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv00673
Date Filed2019-03-11
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffHUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER
Case DescriptionThe Human Rights Defense Center, previously known as Prison Legal News, submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records concerning six specific contracts awarded to MVM, a private security contractor. HRDC also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and subsequently told HRDC that it could not find any records. HRDC filed an administrative appeal. In response to the appeal, the agency remanded the request for a further search. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, HRDC filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT
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2019-03-111COMPLAINT against IMMIGRATION & CUSTOM'S ENFORCEMENT ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5992747) filed by HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Golden, Deborah) (Entered: 03/11/2019)
2019-03-11Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zef, ) (Entered: 03/11/2019)
2019-03-112SUMMONS (1) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 03/11/2019)
2019-03-113STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 3/11/19. (lctnm1) (Entered: 03/11/2019)
2019-03-114REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE filed by HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER. (Attachments: # 1 Summons)(Golden, Deborah) (Entered: 03/11/2019)
2019-03-125SUMMONS (2) Issued Electronically as to U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (tth) (Entered: 03/12/2019)
2019-04-026RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/13/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/12/2019. (Golden, Deborah) (Entered: 04/02/2019)
2019-04-027RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 03/13/2019. (Golden, Deborah) (Entered: 04/02/2019)
2019-04-028RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT served on 3/13/2019 (Golden, Deborah) (Entered: 04/02/2019)
2019-04-129ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT.(Haynes, Fred) (Entered: 04/12/2019)
2019-04-12MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court are a complaint and an answer in this FOIA case. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule should address, among other things, the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, and a briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if required. The parties shall file the schedule on or before May 15, 2019. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 4/12/2019. (lctnm1) (Entered: 04/12/2019)
2019-04-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 5/15/2019. (hmc) (Entered: 04/15/2019)
2019-05-1510Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Haynes, Fred) (Entered: 05/15/2019)
2019-05-16MINUTE ORDER. In light of 10 Joint Status Report, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before May 29, 2019. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 5/16/2019. (lctnm1) (Entered: 05/16/2019)
2019-05-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 5/29/2019. (hmc) (Entered: 05/16/2019)
2019-05-2911Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Haynes, Fred) (Entered: 05/29/2019)
2019-05-31MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of 11 Joint Status Report, the parties are hereby ordered to file a further Joint Status Report on or before July 8, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 5/31/19. (lctnm1) (Entered: 05/31/2019)
2019-05-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/8/2019. (hmc) (Entered: 05/31/2019)
2019-06-2412NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by Johnny Hillary Walker, III on behalf of All Defendants Substituting for attorney Fred Haynes (Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 06/24/2019)
2019-07-0813Joint STATUS REPORT by HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER. (Golden, Deborah) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-08MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of 13 Joint Status Report, the parties are hereby ordered to file a further Joint Status Report on or before July 15, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 7/8/19. (lctnm1) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/15/2019. (tg) (Entered: 07/09/2019)
2019-07-1214Joint STATUS REPORT by HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER. (Golden, Deborah) (Entered: 07/12/2019)
2019-07-15MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of 14 Joint Status Report, the parties are hereby ORDERED to file a further Joint Status Report on or before September 13, 2019. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 7/15/19. (lctnm1) (Entered: 07/15/2019)
2019-07-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/13/2019. (hmc) (Entered: 07/16/2019)
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