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Case TitleJUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv00873
Date Filed2019-03-27
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffJUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for records concerning communications sent to or from DOJ official Lisa Holtyn regarding Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign, and other keywords associated with the Clinton email server investigation. Judicial Watch also requested Holtyn's calendar entries. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Judicial Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Vaughn index, Adequacy - Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2019-03-271COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6024859) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons U.S. Attorney, # 3 Summons U.S. Attorney General, # 4 Summons U.S. Department of Justice)(Aldrich, Jason) (Entered: 03/27/2019)
2019-03-272LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Aldrich, Jason) (Entered: 03/27/2019)
2019-03-27Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zef, ) (Entered: 03/27/2019)
2019-03-273SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 03/27/2019)
2019-04-024RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/1/2019. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/1/2019.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 4/1/2019., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 4/1/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Aldrich, Jason) (Entered: 04/02/2019)
2019-05-015NOTICE of Appearance by Michael Joseph Gerardi on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Gerardi, Michael) (Entered: 05/01/2019)
2019-05-016ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Gerardi, Michael) (Entered: 05/01/2019)
2019-05-02MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and jointly submit a proposed briefing schedule on or before May 16, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 5/2/19. (lcrc1) (Entered: 05/02/2019)
2019-05-02Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 5/16/2019. (tj) (Entered: 05/02/2019)
2019-05-167Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Gerardi, Michael) (Entered: 05/16/2019)
2019-05-17MINUTE ORDER: upon consideration of the parties' 7 joint status report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall submit a further joint status report setting forth a processing schedule on or before July 10, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 5/17/19. (lcrc1) (Entered: 05/17/2019)
2019-05-21Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 7/10/2019. (tj) (Entered: 05/21/2019)
2019-07-108Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Gerardi, Michael) (Entered: 07/10/2019)
2019-07-169Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Gerardi, Michael) (Entered: 07/16/2019)
2019-07-17MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 9 the parties' joint status report, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendant will make an initial release of records on or before October 15, 2019, with a status report to follow no later than November 1, 2019 to update the Court and Plaintiff on the progress of consultations. It is FURTHER ORDERED that, in that status report, Defendant shall commit to processing a specific number of documents per month. It is FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant will make its next release on January 15, 2020, with rolling productions to follow on the 15th of every other month thereafter. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 7/17/19. (lcrc1) (Entered: 07/17/2019)
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