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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv02893
Date Filed2019-09-25
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning Victor Shokin's resignation as Ukraine's Prosecutor General and communications between the State Department and the Office of the Vice President regarding Shokin. 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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2019-09-251COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6399501) 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 State)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 09/25/2019)
2019-09-252LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 09/25/2019)
2019-09-253NOTICE of Appearance by James F. Peterson on behalf of JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Peterson, James) (Entered: 09/25/2019)
2019-09-30Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zeg) (Entered: 09/30/2019)
2019-09-304SUMMONS (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: 09/30/2019)
2019-09-305STANDING 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 9/30/2019. (lctnm1) (Entered: 09/30/2019)
2019-10-086RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 10/7/2019. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 11/6/2019.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 10/7/2019., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 10/7/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 10/08/2019)
2019-11-067NOTICE of Appearance by Rebecca Marie Cutri-Kohart on behalf of All Defendants (Cutri-Kohart, Rebecca) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
2019-11-068ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Cutri-Kohart, Rebecca) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
2019-11-07MINUTE 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 schedule on or before November 27, 2019. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 11/07/2019. (lctnm1) (Entered: 11/07/2019)
2019-11-07Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/27/2019. (tg) (Entered: 11/07/2019)
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