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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv02849
Date Filed2019-09-23
Date Closed2019-11-25
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
Case DescriptionMark Norlicht submitted a FOIA request to the Securities and Exchange Commission for records concerning communications between former SEC Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresny and members of the media from January 2014 to December 2016. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency told Norlicht that there were 6180 potentially responsive emails. He agreed to narrow the time frame and the publications for which he was seeking records. The agency indicated that it was processing his request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Norlicht filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Recovery of Costs

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2019-09-231COMPLAINT against SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 4616100748) filed by MARK NORDLICHT. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(ztd) (Entered: 09/25/2019)
2019-09-23SUMMONS (3) Issued as to SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (ztth) (Entered: 09/26/2019)
2019-09-252STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 9/25/2019. (lctnm3) (Entered: 09/25/2019)
2019-09-253RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 9/24/2019. RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/24/2019. (Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/24/2019.) (ztth) (Entered: 09/26/2019)
2019-10-014RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION served on 9/26/2019. (ztth) (Entered: 10/02/2019)
2019-10-245NOTICE of Appearance by Carin Marie Cozza on behalf of SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (Cozza, Carin) (Entered: 10/24/2019)
2019-10-246ANSWER to 1 Complaint by SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit 1 - Plaintiff's FOIA request, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit 2 - SEC's response to Plaintiff's FOIA request)(Cozza, Carin) (Entered: 10/24/2019)
2019-10-287ENTERED IN ERROR.....ORDER setting an Initial Scheduling Conference for November 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 2, before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. See attached Order for additional details. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 10/28/2019. (lctnm3) Modified on 10/28/2019 (hmc). (Entered: 10/28/2019)
2019-10-28MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court are a complaint and an answer in this FOIA case. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule should address, among other things, 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, and a briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if required. The parties shall file the Joint Status Report on or before November 27, 2019. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 10/28/2019. (lctnm3) (Entered: 10/28/2019)
2019-10-28Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/27/2019. (hmc) (Entered: 10/28/2019)
2019-11-228STIPULATION of Dismissal by SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. (Cozza, Carin) (Entered: 11/22/2019)
2019-11-22MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 8 Joint Stipulation of Dismissal, this matter is DISMISSED with prejudice per the terms of the stipulation, with each party to bear its own costs, attorney fees, and expenses. The Clerk of Court is directed to close the case. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 11/22/2019. (lctnm3) (Entered: 11/22/2019)
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