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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv02722
Date Filed2019-09-11
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge John D. Bates
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning former legal attache in Rome Michael Gaeta that contained keywords related to the 2016 election. The FBI acknowledged receipt of the request and told Judicial Watch that it would split the request into three separate parts. The FBI then invoked a Glomar response for all three parts. Judicial Watch filed an administrative appeal, arguing that Gaeta had been publicly identified as the FBI special agent in Rome during testimony by Bruce Ohr before the House Oversight Committee and that Gaeta had received a copy of the dossier provided by Christopher Steele. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Judicial Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2019-09-111COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6371907) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, # 3 Summons U.S. Attorney General, # 4 Summons U.S. Department of Justice)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 09/11/2019)
2019-09-112LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 09/11/2019)
2019-09-13Case Assigned to Judge John D. Bates. (zeg) (Entered: 09/13/2019)
2019-09-133SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zeg) (Entered: 09/13/2019)
2019-09-304NOTICE of Appearance by James F. Peterson on behalf of JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Peterson, James) (Entered: 09/30/2019)
2019-10-015RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/23/2019. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/23/2019.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 9/30/2019., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 9/23/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 10/01/2019)
2019-10-236ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Echols, Alexis) (Entered: 10/23/2019)
2019-10-257ORDER directing parties to confer and to submit a proposed briefing schedule for the filing of dispositive motions by not later than November 25, 2019. See text of Order for details. Signed by Judge John D. Bates on 10/25/2019. (lcjdb3) (Entered: 10/25/2019)
2019-10-25Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 11/25/2019. (tb) (Entered: 10/25/2019)
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