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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv03063
Date Filed2019-10-14
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Case DescriptionBuzzFeed submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Treasury for records concerning emails sent or received by Secretary Steven Mnuchin, or the director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control Andrea Gacki, from April 2018 through January 2019. BuzzFeed also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and denied BuzzFeed's request for expedited processing. BuzzFeed submitted a separate FOIA request concerning Gacki's appointment calendars during the same period. After receiving a response to that request, BuzzFeed selected specific meetings it was interested in learning more about and asked for additional records. The agency gave BuzzFeed an estimated completion date of three to five months. 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

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2019-10-141COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-6446082) filed by BUZZFEED INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Civil Cover Sheet, # 4 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 Ketanji Brown Jackson. (zmc) (Entered: 10/16/2019)
2019-10-164SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zmc) (Entered: 10/16/2019)
2019-10-225GENERAL ORDER AND GUIDELINES APPLICABLE TO FOIA CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON. The Court will hold the parties and counsel responsible for following these directives, and parties and counsel should pay particular attention to the Court's instructions for processing and production of records, batching motions, and filing exhibits. Failure to adhere to this Order may, when appropriate, result the imposition of sanctions and/or sua sponte denial of non-conforming motions. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 10/22/2019. (jag) (Entered: 10/22/2019)
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