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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting et al v. United States Department of the Treasury
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2019cv08181
Date Filed2019-12-16
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting
PlaintiffAaron Glantz
Case DescriptionAaron Glantz, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Treasury for records concerning real estate purchased with cash of which FinCen is aware. Glantz also requested inclusion in the news media fee category. The agency responded with a Glomar response neither confirming nor denying the existence of records, citing the Bank Secrecy Act under Exemption 3 (other statutes). Glantz filed an administrative appeal. The agency remanded the request for further processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Glantz and CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantTreasury, Dept of
DefendantUnited States Department of the Treasury
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
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2019-12-161COMPLAINT for Injunctive Relief against United States Department of the Treasury (Filing fee $ 400.00, receipt number 0971-13985079.). Filed by Aaron Glantz, The Center for Investigative Reporting. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet) (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 12/16/2019) Modified on 12/26/2019 (gbaS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 12/16/2019)
2019-12-162Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 12/16/2019) (Entered: 12/16/2019)
2019-12-163Certificate of Interested Entities by Aaron Glantz, The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 12/16/2019) (Entered: 12/16/2019)
2019-12-174Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 12/31/2019. (ajsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/17/2019) (Entered: 12/17/2019)
2019-12-175CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Aaron Glantz, The Center for Investigative Reporting.. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 12/17/2019) (Entered: 12/17/2019)
2019-12-266Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 3/13/2020. Initial Case Management Conference set for 3/20/2020 02:00 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom G, 15th Floor. (gbaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/26/2019) (Entered: 12/26/2019)
2019-12-267Summons Issued as to United States Department of the Treasury. (gbaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/26/2019) (Entered: 12/26/2019)
2020-01-068CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Aaron Glantz, The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 1/6/2020) (Entered: 01/06/2020)
2020-01-249NOTICE of Appearance by John Wesley Samples (Samples, John) (Filed on 1/24/2020) (Entered: 01/24/2020)
2020-01-2410STIPULATION TO EXTEND TIME WITHIN WHICH TO ANSWER filed by United States Department of the Treasury. (Samples, John) (Filed on 1/24/2020) (Entered: 01/24/2020)
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