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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv01647
Date Filed2019-06-05
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeChief Judge Beryl A. Howell
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED INC.
Case DescriptionBuzzfeed reporter Jason Leopold submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice, ten components of the agency, and the National Security Agency for records concerning actions taken by Attorney General William Barr or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein pertaining to the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agencies, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantDOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
DefendantDOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
DefendantDOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL
DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
DefendantDOJ NATIONAL SECURITY DIVISION
DefendantDOJ OFFICE OF LEGAL POLICY
DefendantDOJ OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY GENERAL
DefendantDOJ OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
DefendantDOJ CRIMINAL DIVISION
DefendantDOJ OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
DefendantNATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
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2019-06-051COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6167232) filed by BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 06/05/2019)
2019-06-052NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 06/05/2019)
2019-06-053LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 06/05/2019)
2019-06-06Case Assigned to Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell. (zef, ) (Entered: 06/06/2019)
2019-06-064SUMMONS (13) Issued Electronically as to DOJ CRIMINAL DIVISION, DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ NATIONAL SECURITY DIVISION, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF LEGAL POLICY, DOJ OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, DOJ OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, DOJ OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE and U.S. Attorney. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 06/06/2019)
2019-06-075STANDING ORDER. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on June 7, 2019. (lcbah3) (Entered: 06/07/2019)
2019-07-086RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ CRIMINAL DIVISION served on 6/18/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-087RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL served on 6/18/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-088RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ NATIONAL SECURITY DIVISION served on 6/18/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-089RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL served on 6/18/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0810RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY GENERAL served on 6/18/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0811RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS served on 6/18/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0812RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ OFFICE OF LEGAL POLICY served on 6/18/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0813RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS served on 6/21/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0814RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL served on 6/18/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0815RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION served on 6/24/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0816RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY served on 6/19/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0817RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 6/18/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0818RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 6/18/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 7/18/2019. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-0819RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 6/18/2019. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-1220Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to the Complaint by DOJ CRIMINAL DIVISION, DOJ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ NATIONAL SECURITY DIVISION, DOJ OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, DOJ OFFICE OF LEGAL POLICY, DOJ OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, DOJ OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, DOJ OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, DOJ OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kossak, Jonathan) (Entered: 07/12/2019)
2019-07-15MINUTE ORDER (paperless) GRANTING the defendants' 20 Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to the Complaint. Accordingly, by August 19, 2019, the defendants shall answer or otherwise respond to the plaintiffs' 1 Complaint. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on July 15, 2019. (lcbah3) (Entered: 07/15/2019)
2019-07-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer to the Complaint due by 8/19/2019. (tg) (Entered: 07/15/2019)
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