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Case TitlePROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC.
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv02781
Date Filed2019-09-17
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Randolph D. Moss
PlaintiffPROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC.
PlaintiffNEGAR MORTAZAVI
PlaintiffNARGES BAJOGHLI
PlaintiffMOHAMMAD ALI SHABANI
PlaintiffESFANDYAR BATMANGHELIDJ
PlaintiffTRITA PARSI
Case DescriptionThe Protect Democracy Project and five journalists or researchers who specialized in Iran, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning contacts between the agency pertaining to the E-Collaborative for Civic Education, Tavaana, and the Iran Disinformation Project sent to a group of outside parties and named Twitter accounts. PDP also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and denied PDP's request for expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency, PDP filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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2019-09-171COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6381822) filed by PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Group Request, # 2 Exhibit Mortazavi Request, # 3 Exhibit Group Acknowledgment, # 4 Exhibit Mortazavi Acknowledgment, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Summons)(Abate, Michael) (Entered: 09/17/2019)
2019-09-172LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC. (Abate, Michael) (Entered: 09/17/2019)
2019-09-19Case Assigned to Judge Randolph D. Moss. (zeg) (Entered: 09/19/2019)
2019-09-193SUMMONS (1) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zeg) (Entered: 09/19/2019)
2019-09-194STANDING ORDER: The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives set forth in the attached Standing Order. See document for details. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 9/19/19. (lcrdm1, ) (Entered: 09/19/2019)
2019-10-155ENTERED IN ERROR. . . . .REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE with revised address filed by NEGAR MORTAZAVI, PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC., ESFANDYAR BATMANGHELIDJ, MOHAMMAD ALI SHABANI, NARGES BAJOGHLI, TRITA PARSI.(Abate, Michael) Modified on 10/16/2019 (ztd). (Entered: 10/15/2019)
2019-10-16NOTICE OF ERROR re 5 Request for Summons to Issue; emailed to mabate@kplouisville.com, cc'd 1 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Please refile document, 2. The Executive Office is not listed as a party. If they are being served on behalf of the defendant (ztd, ) (Entered: 10/16/2019)
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