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Case TitleBUZZFEED INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv03062
Date Filed2019-10-14
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Dabney L. Friedrich
PlaintiffBUZZFEED, INC.
Case DescriptionBuzzFeed submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for records concerning CBP data used to prepare an Inspector General's report finding overcrowding of children in detention centers. BuzzFeed also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, granted BuzzFeed's request for expedited processing and invoked a 10-day extension. After hearing nothing further from the agency, BuzzFeed filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DefendantU.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
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2019-10-141COMPLAINT against U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-6445914) filed by BUZZFEED INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Civil Cover Sheet, # 5 Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 10/14/2019)
2019-10-142NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 10/14/2019)
2019-10-143LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 10/14/2019)
2019-10-16Case assigned to Judge Dabney L. Friedrich. (zmc) (Entered: 10/16/2019)
2019-10-164SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zmc) (Entered: 10/16/2019)
2019-11-065NOTICE of Appearance by Kenneth A. Adebonojo on behalf of U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
2019-11-066RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION served on 10/28/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
2019-11-067RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 10/28/2019 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
2019-11-068RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 10/28/2019. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
2019-11-069RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 10/28/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 11/27/2019. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
2019-11-2610Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Defendants' Answer or Other Response to Plaintiff's Complaint by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 11/26/2019)
2019-11-26MINUTE ORDER granting the defendants' 10 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to File Defendants' Answer or Other Response to Plaintiff's Complaint. The defendants shall answer, move to dismiss, or otherwise respond to the plaintiff's Complaint on or before December 30, 2019. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on November 26, 2019. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 11/26/2019)
2019-12-2911ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.(Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 12/29/2019)
2020-01-03MINUTE ORDER requiring the parties to MEET AND CONFER and file a joint status report proposing a schedule for further proceedings. The status report should address the status of the plaintiff's FOIA request, including the anticipated number of documents responsive to the request and the anticipated date(s) for release of the requested documents. The parties shall file the joint status report on or before January 17, 2020. Signed by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on January 3, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 01/03/2020)
2020-01-1712Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 01/17/2020)
2020-01-22MINUTE ORDER granting the defendants' 12 Consent Motion to Enlarge Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report. The parties shall file a joint status report on or before January 24, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on January 22, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 01/22/2020)
2020-01-2413Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 01/24/2020)
2020-02-04MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report, it appears that the parties have not yet conferred regarding the defendants' contention that the plaintiff's request is overbroad. Accordingly, additional time to confer about this issue is warranted. The parties are ORDERED to file another joint status report on or before February 24, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on February 4, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
2020-02-2414Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File The Parties' Joint Status Report by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 02/24/2020)
2020-02-24MINUTE ORDER granting the parties' 14 Consent Motion to Enlarge Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report. The parties shall file a joint status report on or before March 13, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on February 24, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 02/24/2020)
2020-03-1315Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 03/13/2020)
2020-03-18ENTERED IN ERROR.....MINUTE ORDER granting the defendants' 10 Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time to File Joint Status Report. The parties shall file a joint status report on or before April 17, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on March 18, 2020. (lcdlf1) Modified docket as it was entered in the wrong case on 3/18/2020 (zjch). (Entered: 03/18/2020)
2020-03-18MINUTE ORDER granting the defendants' 15 Motion to Enlarge Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report. The parties shall file a joint status report on or before April 14, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on March 18, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 03/18/2020)
2020-03-18NOTICE OF CORRECTED DOCKET ENTRY: DOCKET ENTRY was entered in error (in the wrong case) and will not be refiled. (zjch) (Entered: 03/18/2020)
2020-04-2016Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 04/20/2020)
2020-04-20MINUTE ORDER granting, by the plaintiff's consent, the defendants' 16 Motion to Enlarge Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report. The parties shall file their next joint status report on or before May 20, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on April 20, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 04/20/2020)
2020-05-2017Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 05/20/2020)
2020-05-21MINUTE ORDER granting the defendants' 17 Motion to Enlarge Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report, by the plaintiff's consent. The parties shall file their next joint status report on or before June 23, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on May 21, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 05/21/2020)
2020-06-2318Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 06/23/2020)
2020-06-24MINUTE ORDER granting the defendants' 18 Motion to Enlarge Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report. The parties shall file their next joint status report on or before July 24, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on June 24, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 06/24/2020)
2020-07-2419Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 07/24/2020)
2020-07-24MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the defendants' 19 Motion to Enlarge Time to File the Parties' Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED. The parties shall file their next joint status report on or before August 25, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on July 24, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 07/24/2020)
2020-07-24Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 8/25/2020 (zjch) (Entered: 07/27/2020)
2020-08-2520Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED, INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 08/25/2020)
2020-08-26MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 20 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before October 1, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on August 26, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 08/26/2020)
2020-08-26Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 10/1/2020 (zjch) (Entered: 08/26/2020)
2020-10-0221Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 10/02/2020)
2020-10-02MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 21 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before October 20, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on October 2, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 10/02/2020)
2020-10-2022STATUS REPORT by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 10/20/2020)
2020-10-20MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 22 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before November 9, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on October 20, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 10/20/2020)
2020-11-0923Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 11/09/2020)
2020-11-10MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 23 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before November 23, 2020. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on November 10, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 11/10/2020)
2020-11-2324Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED, INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/23/2020)
2020-11-24MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 24 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before January 7, 2021. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on November 24, 2020. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 11/24/2020)
2020-11-24Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 1/7/2021 (zjch) (Entered: 11/24/2020)
2021-01-0725Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED, INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 01/07/2021)
2021-01-08MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 25 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before February 5, 2021. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on January 8, 2021. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 01/08/2021)
2021-01-08Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 2/5/2021 (zjch) (Entered: 01/15/2021)
2021-02-0526Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 02/05/2021)
2021-02-08MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 26 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before April 6, 2021. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on February 8, 2021. (lcdlf2) (Entered: 02/08/2021)
2021-02-08Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 4/6/2021 (zjch) (Entered: 02/08/2021)
2021-04-0627Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 04/06/2021)
2021-04-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 5/6/2021 (zjch) (Entered: 04/07/2021)
2021-04-07MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 27 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before May 6, 2021. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on April 6, 2021. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 04/07/2021)
2021-05-0628Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 05/06/2021)
2021-05-07MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 28 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before June 4, 2021. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on May 7, 2021. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 05/07/2021)
2021-06-0429Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 06/04/2021)
2021-06-04MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 29 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before July 2, 2021. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on June 4, 2021. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 06/04/2021)
2021-07-0230Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED, INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/02/2021)
2021-07-02MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 30 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before July 19, 2021. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on July 2, 2021. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 07/02/2021)
2021-07-02Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 7/19/2021 (zjch) (Entered: 07/06/2021)
2021-07-1931Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Adebonojo, Kenneth) (Entered: 07/19/2021)
2021-07-20MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 31 Joint Status Report, it is ORDERED that the following schedule shall govern further proceedings: the defendants shall file a motion for summary judgment on or before October 18, 2021; the plaintiff shall file an opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment on or before November 16, 2021; the defendants shall file a reply and opposition on or before December 13, 2021; and the plaintiff shall file a reply on or before January 12, 2022. The parties need not file a separate statement of material facts to accompany their motions. So Ordered by Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on July 20, 2021. (lcdlf1) (Entered: 07/20/2021)
2021-07-20Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 11/16/2021. Response to Cross Motions due by 12/13/2021. Reply to Cross Motions due by 1/12/2022. Summary Judgment motions due by 10/18/2021. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 11/16/2021. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 12/13/2021. (zjch) (Entered: 07/20/2021)
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