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Case TitleMertes v. Internal Revenue Service
DistrictEastern District of California
Case Number1:2019cv01218
Date Filed2019-09-03
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeDistrict Judge Anthony W. Ishii
PlaintiffBillie Mertes
Case DescriptionBillie Mertes submitted a FOIA request to the IRS for records concerning a copy of an allegedly fraudulent Form 709-Gift Tax Return for 2012 in which Mertes was assessed more than one million dollars in gift taxes. The agency told Mertes that requests for such tax information were processed through another administrative scheme and were not subject to FOIA. Mertes filed an administrative appeal which the agency denied. She then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantInternal Revenue Service
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2019-09-031COMPLAINT for Declarative and Injunctive Relief against Internal Revenue Service by Billie Mertes.(Filing fee $ 400) (Speck, Christian) (Entered: 09/03/2019)
2019-09-03PAYMENT for Civil Case filing fee (Speck, Christian) (Entered: 09/03/2019)
2019-09-03PAYMENT for Civil Case filing fee (Speck, Christian) (Entered: 09/03/2019)
2019-09-03PAYMENT for Civil Case filing fee (Speck, Christian) (Entered: 09/03/2019)
2019-09-032CIVIL COVER SHEET by Billie Mertes (Speck, Christian) (Entered: 09/03/2019)
2019-09-033CLERK'S NOTICE to Attorney Christian Speck re 1 Complaint: Advance payment of the filing fee in the amount of $400.00 is required and should be submitted electronically using the event New Case Credit Card Payments. Your case will not be filed until the fee is paid (Local Rule 77-121c). If you wish to pay with cash, check or money order, the fee must be received by the clerk's office within 48 hours of lodging your complaint, or your documents will be deleted from the court's server. If you need assistance, please contact the CM/ECF help desk at 866-884-5444, or refer to theCM/ECF User's Manual on the court's website. (Sant Agata, S) (Entered: 09/03/2019)
2019-09-04RECEIPT number #CAE200100659 $400.00 fbo Wagner Kirkman Blaine by Wagner Kirkman Blaine on 9/4/2019. (Coll, A) (Entered: 09/04/2019)
2019-09-054SUMMONS ISSUED as to *Internal Revenue Service* with answer to complaint due within *30* days. Attorney *Christian Andrew Speck* *Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP* *10640 Mather Blvd., #200* *Mather, CA 95655*. (Lundstrom, T) (Entered: 09/05/2019)
2019-09-055CIVIL NEW CASE DOCUMENTS ISSUED; Initial Scheduling Conference set for 12/17/2019 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 7 (SKO) before Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto. (Attachments: # 1 Consent Form, # 2 VDRP) (Lundstrom, T) (Entered: 09/05/2019)
2019-09-196SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED: Internal Revenue Service served on 9/11/2019, answer due 10/2/2019. (Speck, Christian) (Entered: 09/19/2019)
2019-10-027ANSWER by Internal Revenue Service. Attorney Miller, Emily Katherine added.(Miller, Emily) (Entered: 10/02/2019)
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