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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv02794
Date Filed2019-09-18
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
Case DescriptionPatrick Eddington, a researcher at the Cato Institute, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning Amir Mohamed Meshal, a U.S. citizen who had been held by both Kenya and Ethiopia. Eddington also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and denied Eddington's request for expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Eddington filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2019-09-181COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6383977) filed by PATRICK EDDINGTON. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet, # 7 Summons)(Burday, Joshua) (Entered: 09/18/2019)
2019-09-182NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua Hart Burday on behalf of PATRICK EDDINGTON (Burday, Joshua) (Entered: 09/18/2019)
2019-09-20Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zeg) (Entered: 09/20/2019)
2019-09-203SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zeg) (Entered: 09/20/2019)
2019-10-034NOTICE of Appearance by Paul Cirino on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 10/03/2019)
2019-10-075RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 9/27/2019 (Burday, Joshua) (Entered: 10/07/2019)
2019-10-076RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 9/26/2019. (Burday, Joshua) (Entered: 10/07/2019)
2019-10-077RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/26/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/26/2019. (Burday, Joshua) (Entered: 10/07/2019)
2019-10-288ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 10/28/2019)
2019-10-29MINUTE ORDER directing the parties to meet, confer, and jointly submit a proposed briefing schedule by November 12, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on October 29, 2019. (lcrc3) (Entered: 10/29/2019)
2019-11-129Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Cirino, Paul) (Entered: 11/12/2019)
2019-11-13MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 9 the parties' joint status report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further joint status report by January 15, 2020, and every 45 days thereafter, to update the Court about the status of Defendant's response to Plaintiff's FOIA request. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on November 13, 2019. (lcrc3) (Entered: 11/13/2019)
2019-11-14Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 1/15/2020 (tj) (Entered: 11/14/2019)
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