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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2019cv04541
Date Filed2019-08-05
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Laurel Beeler
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting
Case DescriptionJonathan Jones, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the murders of two American teachers in 2002 during an attack near Tembagapura in Papua, Indonesia. Jones also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and after asking Jones to provide proof of death for the two teachers, eventually denied his request under Exemption 7(A) (interference with ongoing investigation or proceeding). Jones filed an administrative appeal with the Office of Information Policy. OIP upheld the FBI's denial. Jones and CIR then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantFederal Bureau of Investigation
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2019-08-051COMPLAINT against Federal Bureau of Investigation ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-13581285.). Filed byThe Center for Investigative Reporting. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhbits)(Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/5/2019) (Entered: 08/05/2019)
2019-08-052Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/5/2019) (Entered: 08/05/2019)
2019-08-053Certificate of Interested Entities by The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/5/2019) (Entered: 08/05/2019)
2019-08-054Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. 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 Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at 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 8/19/2019. (ajsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/5/2019) (Entered: 08/05/2019)
2019-08-055Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 10/31/2019. Initial Case Management Conference set for 11/7/2019 11:00 AM in San Francisco, Courtroom B, 15th Floor. (fabS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/5/2019) (Entered: 08/05/2019)
2019-08-056Summons Issued as to Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (fabS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/5/2019) (Entered: 08/05/2019)
2019-08-147CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by The Center for Investigative Reporting.. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/14/2019) (Entered: 08/14/2019)
2019-08-198CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 8/19/2019) (Entered: 08/19/2019)
2019-09-189ANSWER to Complaint byFederal Bureau of Investigation. (Bernardoni, Jevechius) (Filed on 9/18/2019) (Entered: 09/18/2019)
2019-09-1810CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Federal Bureau of Investigation.. (Bernardoni, Jevechius) (Filed on 9/18/2019) (Entered: 09/18/2019)
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