Skip to content

Case Detail

[Subscribe to updates]
Case TitleSOLOMON v. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv02019
Date Filed2019-07-08
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffJOHN SOLOMON
Case DescriptionJohn Solomon, an investigative reporter, submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of State. In his first FOIA request, Solomon asked for records concerning contacts between representatives of Blue Star Strategies and the agency pertaining to the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. In his second FOIA request, Solomon asked for records concerning contacts between U.S. businessmen Hunter Biden and Devon Archer and the agency pertaining to the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. Solomon requested expedited processing and a fee waiver for both requests. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests and denied Solomon's request for expedited processing for both requests but granted Solomon's request for a fee waiver for both requests. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency pertaining to either request, Solomon filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF STATE
Documents
Docket
Complaint
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
Complaint attachment 3
Complaint attachment 4
User-contributed Documents
 
Docket Events (Hide)
Date FiledDoc #Docket Text

2019-07-081COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6238226) filed by JOHN SOLOMON. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons Summons to Department of State, # 3 Summons Summons to Attorney General, # 4 Summons Summons to U.S. Attorney's Office)(Gustafson, Adam) (Attachment 1 replaced on 7/10/2019) (zeg). (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-082MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Kimberly S. Hermann, :Firm- Southeastern Legal Foundation, :Address- 560 W. Crossville Rd., Ste. 104, Roswell, GA 30075. Phone No. - (770) 977-2131. Fax No. - (770) 977-2134 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-6238296. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by JOHN SOLOMON (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Declaration of Kimberly S. Hermann, # 2 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Gustafson, Adam) (Entered: 07/08/2019)
2019-07-10Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zeg) (Entered: 07/10/2019)
2019-07-113SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zeg) (Entered: 07/11/2019)
2019-07-114STANDING ORDER establishing procedures for cases before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are directed to read and strictly comply with the attached Order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 7/11/2019. (lctnm3) (Entered: 07/11/2019)
2019-07-11MINUTE ORDER granting the 2 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Attorney Kimberly S. Hermann shall promptly register for this Court's CM/ECF System. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 7/11/2019. (lctnm3) (Entered: 07/11/2019)
2019-07-115CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by JOHN SOLOMON re 2 MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Kimberly S. Hermann, :Firm- Southeastern Legal Foundation, :Address- 560 W. Crossville Rd., Ste. 104, Roswell, GA 30075. Phone No. - (770) 977-2131. Fax No. - (770) 977-2134 Fili . (Gustafson, Adam) (Entered: 07/11/2019)
2019-08-026RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/16/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/15/2019. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proof of Service to Department of State, # 2 Exhibit Proof of Service to U.S. Attorney General, # 3 Exhibit Proof of Service to U.S. Attorney DC)(Hermann, Kimberly) (Entered: 08/02/2019)
2019-08-027RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 7/16/2019. RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 7/24/2019. (See Docket Entry 6 to view documents). (tth) (Entered: 08/06/2019)
2019-08-158ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Mussenden, Paul) (Entered: 08/15/2019)
2019-08-159NOTICE of Appearance by Paul A. Mussenden on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Mussenden, Paul) (Entered: 08/15/2019)
2019-08-15MINUTE 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 Joint Status Report on or before September 6, 2019. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 8/15/2019. (lctnm3) (Entered: 08/15/2019)
2019-08-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/6/2019. (hmc) (Entered: 08/16/2019)
Hide Docket Events
by FOIA Project Staff
Skip to toolbar