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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv02822
Date Filed2019-09-20
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Tanya S. Chutkan
Case DescriptionDemocracy Forward Foundation submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for 148 pages the agency had withheld from a prior request based on its claim that they were non-responsive. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, DFF filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2019-09-201COMPLAINT against CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6389059) filed by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit, # 7 Exhibit)(George, Aman) (Entered: 09/20/2019)
2019-09-202LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION (George, Aman) (Entered: 09/20/2019)
2019-09-203NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. Case related to Case No. 1:18-cv-00479. (George, Aman) (Entered: 09/20/2019)
2019-09-23Case Assigned to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (zeg) (Entered: 09/23/2019)
2019-09-244SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zeg) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-265RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES served on 9/25/2019, RETURN 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.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 9/26/19. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(George, Aman) (Entered: 09/26/2019)
2019-10-156NOTICE of Appearance by Damon William Taaffe on behalf of CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 10/15/2019)
2019-10-287ANSWER to Complaint by CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES.(Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 10/28/2019)
2019-10-29MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. The requirements of LCvR 16.3 and Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil procedure appear to be inapplicable. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and propose a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule shall address the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, whether and when either party anticipates filing a dispositive motion, and any other pertinent issues. The parties shall file a joint status report that addresses these issues no later than 12/13/19. The joint status report shall be accompanied by a proposed order. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 10/29/19. (DJS) (Entered: 10/29/2019)
2019-10-29Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/13/2019. (tb) (Entered: 10/29/2019)
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