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Case TitleCenter for Media Justice et al v. Federal Bureau of Investigation et al
DistrictNorthern District of California
CityOakland
Case Number4:2019cv01465
Date Filed2019-03-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu
PlaintiffCenter for Media Justice
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Case DescriptionThe Center for Media Justice and the ACLU submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the agency's surveillance of blacks based on a purported shared ideology. The FBI divided the request into two separate requests. It disclosed 320 heavily redacted pages citing Exemption 5 (privileges), Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy), Exemption 7(C) (invasion of privacy concerning law enforcement records), and Exemption 7(E) (investigative methods and techniques). The Center for Media Justice and the ACLU filed an administrative appeal, challenging the agency's search and its exemption claims. After hearing nothing further from the agency, the Center for Media Justice and the ACLU filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantFederal Bureau of Investigation
DefendantU.S. Department of Justice
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2019-03-211COMPLAINT for Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act against Department of Justice, Federal Bureau Investigation ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-13189686.). Filed byCenter for Media Justice, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex. A - FOIA Request, # 2 Exhibit Ex. B - Government Response, Request No. NFP-102340, # 3 Exhibit Ex. C - Government Response, Request No. NFP-102341, # 4 Exhibit Ex. D - Government Response, Request No. 1387511-000, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet)(Sun, Christine) (Filed on 3/21/2019) (Entered: 03/21/2019)
2019-03-212Proposed Summons. (Sun, Christine) (Filed on 3/21/2019) (Entered: 03/21/2019)
2019-03-213Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu. 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 4/4/2019. (srnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/21/2019) (Entered: 03/21/2019)
2019-03-214First MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice Nusrat Choudhury ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-13191089.) filed by American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Good Standing)(Choudhury, Nusrat) (Filed on 3/21/2019) Modified on 3/25/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/21/2019)
2019-03-215First MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice Joshua D. Riegel ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-13191153.) filed by American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Good Standing)(Riegel, Joshua) (Filed on 3/21/2019) Modified on 3/25/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/21/2019)
2019-03-216NOTICE of Appearance by Abre Leann Conner (Conner, Abre) (Filed on 3/21/2019) (Entered: 03/21/2019)
2019-03-227MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice re: Hugh Handeyside ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-13193733.) filed by American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Center for Media Justice. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Good Standing)(Handeyside, Hugh) (Filed on 3/22/2019) Modified on 3/25/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). Modified on 3/25/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/22/2019)
2019-03-228Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 6/12/2019. Initial Case Management Conference set for 6/19/2019 01:30 PM in Oakland, Courtroom 4, 3rd Floor. (ajsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/22/2019) (Entered: 03/22/2019)
2019-03-22Electronic filing error . Incorrect case number re: 6 Notice of Appearance filed by American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Center for Me dia Justice. Please ensure that all documents filed have the case number 4:19-cv-01465-DMR [err201]. No further action is necessary. (ajsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/22/2019) (Entered: 03/22/2019)
2019-03-229Summons Issued as to U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. (ajsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/22/2019) Modified on 3/22/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/22/2019)
2019-03-2210MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice re: Mark Carter ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-13194240.) filed by American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Center for Media Justice. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Good Standing)(Carter, Mark) (Filed on 3/22/2019) Modified on 3/25/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). Modified on 3/25/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/22/2019)
2019-03-2211***WRONG EVENT USED, MUST BE REFILED*** SUMMONS Returned Executed by Center for Media Justice, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union. All Defendants. (Sun, Christine) (Filed on 3/22/2019) Modified on 3/25/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/22/2019)
2019-03-25Electronic filing error . Incorrect event used. [err101]. This filing will not be processed by the clerks office. Re: 11 Summons Returned Executed, filed by American Civil Lib erties Union, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Center for Media Justice. Please re-file in its entirety. Use the event: Civil Events, Initial Pleadings and Service, Service of Process, Summons Returned Executed as to USA FOIA. (ajsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/25/2019) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2512SUMMONS Returned Executed (FOIA) by Center for Media Justice, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union. All Defendants. (Sun, Christine) (Filed on 3/25/2019) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2513ORDER by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu granting 4 Nusrat J. Choudhury's Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/25/2019) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2514ORDER by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu granting 5 Joshua David Riegel's Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/25/2019) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2515ORDER by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu granting 7 Hugh Handeyside's Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/25/2019) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-03-2516ORDER by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu granting 10 Mark Carter's Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/25/2019) (Entered: 03/25/2019)
2019-04-0517CLERK'S NOTICE TO PLAINTIFFS Re: Consent or Declination: Plaintiff shall file a consent or declination to proceed before a magistrate judge. Note that any party is free to withhold consent to proceed before a magistrate judge without adverse substantive consequences. The forms are available at: http://cand.uscourts.gov/civilforms. Consent/Declination due by 4/19/2019. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/5/2019) (Entered: 04/05/2019)
2019-04-1218CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Center for Media Justice.. (Sun, Christine) (Filed on 4/12/2019) (Entered: 04/12/2019)
2019-04-1219CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Center for Media Justice (Sun, Christine) (Filed on 4/12/2019) (Entered: 04/12/2019)
2019-04-1720STIPULATION RE EXTENSION OF TIME TO RESPOND TO PLAINTIFFS COMPLAINT filed by Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice and Center For Media Justice; American Civil Liberties Union and American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. (Falk, Rebecca) (Filed on 4/17/2019) Modified on 4/18/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 04/17/2019)
2019-04-1921CLERK'S NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS Re: Consent or Declination: Defendants shall file a consent or declination to proceed before a magistrate judge. Note that any party is free to withhold consent to proceed before a magistrate judge without adverse substantive consequences. The forms are available at: http://cand.uscourts.gov/civilforms. Consent/Declination due by 5/3/2019. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/19/2019) (Entered: 04/19/2019)
2019-05-0622SECOND CLERK'S NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS Re: Consent or Declination: Defendants shall file a consent or declination to proceed before a magistrate judge. Note that any party is free to withhold consent to proceed before a magistrate judge without adverse substantive consequences. The forms are available at: http://cand.uscourts.gov/civilforms. Consent/Declination due by 5/20/2019. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/6/2019) (Entered: 05/06/2019)
2019-05-1523CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice.. (Falk, Rebecca) (Filed on 5/15/2019) (Entered: 05/15/2019)
2019-05-2324Defendants' ANSWER to Complaint byFederal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice. (Falk, Rebecca) (Filed on 5/23/2019) (Entered: 05/23/2019)
2019-05-2925***Incorrect PDF attached, see docket 29 *** ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options by American Civil Liberties Union (Riegel, Joshua) (Filed on 5/29/2019) Modified on 5/31/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 05/29/2019)
2019-05-2926***Incorrect PDF attached, see docket 30 *** ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options by American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (Riegel, Joshua) (Filed on 5/29/2019) Modified on 5/31/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 05/29/2019)
2019-05-2927ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options (Falk, Rebecca) (Filed on 5/29/2019) (Entered: 05/29/2019)
2019-05-2928***Incorrect PDF attached, see docket 31 *** ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options for Center for Media Justice (Riegel, Joshua) (Filed on 5/29/2019) Modified on 5/31/2019 (ajsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 05/29/2019)
2019-05-3029ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options for American Civil Liberties Union (Riegel, Joshua) (Filed on 5/30/2019) (Entered: 05/30/2019)
2019-05-3030ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options for American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (Riegel, Joshua) (Filed on 5/30/2019) (Entered: 05/30/2019)
2019-05-3031ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options for Center for Media Justice (Riegel, Joshua) (Filed on 5/30/2019) (Entered: 05/30/2019)
2019-06-0432AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF FOR VIOLATION OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT against All Defendants. Filed byCenter for Media Justice, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - FOIA Request, # 2 Exhibit B - Government Response, Request No. NFP-102340, # 3 Exhibit C - Government Response, Request No. NFP-102341, # 4 Exhibit D - Government Response, Request No. 1387511-000)(Choudhury, Nusrat) (Filed on 6/4/2019) (Entered: 06/04/2019)
2019-06-1233JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT filed by American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Center for Media Justice, U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Choudhury, Nusrat) (Filed on 6/12/2019) Modified on 6/13/2019 (jmlS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 06/12/2019)
2019-06-1834ANSWER to Amended Complaint byFederal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice. (Falk, Rebecca) (Filed on 6/18/2019) (Entered: 06/18/2019)
2019-06-1935PDF with attached Audio File. Court Date & Time [ 6/19/2019 2:16:46 PM ]. File Size [ 18208 KB ]. Run Time [ 00:37:56 ]. (courtspeak). (Entered: 06/19/2019)
2019-06-1936Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu: Initial Case Management Conference held on 6/19/2019. Updated Joint Case Management Statement due by 8/14/2019. Further Case Management Conference set for 8/21/2019 01:30 PM. See minute Order for more particulars. FTR Time: 2:16-2:54. Attachment: Civil Conference Minute Order. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Date Filed: 6/19/2019) (Entered: 06/20/2019)
2019-06-2137NOTICE of Substitution of Counsel by Pamela T. Johann (Johann, Pamela) (Filed on 6/21/2019) (Entered: 06/21/2019)
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