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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv00978
Date Filed2019-04-08
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED, INC.
Case DescriptionBuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold submitted a FOIA request to the CIA for records concerning U.S. payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad, including any records related to President Trump pertaining to his tweet that the Washington Post had misrepresented his decision to end such funding. Leopold argued that Trump's tweet constituted a public acknowledgement of the payments. Leopold also requested a fee waiver and inclusion in the news media fee category. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
DefendantCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
Washington, DC 20505
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Complaint
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
Opinion/Order [17]
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2019-04-081COMPLAINT against CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6047271) filed by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-082LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED, INC. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-083NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. Case related to Case No. 1:17-cv-2176 (RC). (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-09Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zef, ) (Entered: 04/09/2019)
2019-04-094SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 04/09/2019)
2019-04-115RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/10/2019. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/10/2019.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 4/10/2019. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 04/11/2019)
2019-05-076Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 05/07/2019)
2019-05-07MINUTE ORDER granting 6 motion for extension of time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant's deadline to file its answer or other response to the complaint is extended to and including May 17, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 5/7/19. (lcrc1) (Entered: 05/07/2019)
2019-05-177ANSWER to Complaint by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 05/17/2019)
2019-05-17MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and jointly submit a proposed briefing schedule by May 31, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on May 17, 2019. (lcrc2) (Entered: 05/17/2019)
2019-05-21Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 5/31/2019 (tj) (Entered: 05/21/2019)
2019-05-318PROPOSED BRIEFING SCHEDULE by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 05/31/2019)
2019-05-31MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the following schedule will govern the parties' anticipated cross-motions for summary judgment in this case: Defendant's motion for summary judgment is due on July 19, 2019. Plaintiffs' opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment is due August 19, 2019. Defendant's reply and opposition to Plaintiffs' cross-motion is due September 13, 2019. And Plaintiffs' Reply is due September 30, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on May 31, 2019. (lcrc2) (Entered: 05/31/2019)
2019-07-189Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Motion for Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 07/18/2019)
2019-07-19MINUTE ORDER granting 9 Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED. The briefing schedule for the parties' cross-motions for summary judgment is amended as follows: Defendant's motion for summary judgment is now due on August 2, 2019. Plaintiffs' opposition and cross-motion is due on September 4, 2019. Defendant's reply and opposition is due on September 27, 2019. And Plaintiffs' reply is due on October 14, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on July 19, 2019. (lcrc2) (Entered: 07/19/2019)
2019-07-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 9/4/2019. Response to Cross Motions due by 9/27/2019. Reply to Cross Motions due by 10/14/2019. Summary Judgment motions due by 8/2/2019. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 9/4/2019. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 9/27/2019. (tj) (Entered: 07/19/2019)
2019-08-0210MOTION for Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Declaration of Antoinette B. Shiner and exhibits, # 3 Statement of Facts, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 08/02/2019)
2019-09-0411Memorandum in opposition to re 10 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix, # 2 Statement of Facts, # 3 Exhibit 1-2, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 09/04/2019)
2019-09-0412Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Attachments: # 1 Appendix, # 2 Statement of Facts, # 3 Exhibit 1-2, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 09/04/2019)
2019-09-2713REPLY re 11 Memorandum in Opposition Reply Memorandum in Further Support of Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 09/27/2019)
2019-09-2714Memorandum in opposition to re 12 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment Reply Memorandum in Further Support of Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Attachments: # 1 Statement of Facts - Response to Plaintiffs' Statement of Facts, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 09/27/2019)
2019-10-1515REPLY to opposition to motion re 12 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Light, Jeffrey) (Entered: 10/15/2019)
2019-11-0716ORDER denying 10 Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and granting 12 Plaintiffs' Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 11/7/2019. (lcrc2) (Entered: 11/07/2019)
2019-11-0717MEMORANDUM OPINION denying 10 Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and granting 12 Plaintiffs' Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 11/7/2019. (lcrc2) (Entered: 11/07/2019)
2019-11-08Set/Reset Deadlines: Response due by 1/6/2020. Responses due by 12/7/2019 (tj) (Entered: 11/08/2019)
2019-11-2218Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File New Response to Plaintiffs' FOIA Request by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Tulis, Elizabeth) (Entered: 11/22/2019)
2019-11-22ORDER granting 18 Motion for Extension of Time. It is hereby ORDERED that the Defendant shall file a new response to Plaintiff's FOIA request on or before January 9, 2020. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 11/22/2019. (lcrc2) (Entered: 11/22/2019)
2019-11-22Set/Reset Deadlines: Responses due by 1/9/2020 (tj) (Entered: 11/22/2019)
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