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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv00124
Date Filed2020-01-16
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning the agency's use of the social media app CrowdTangle to monitor the social media use of journalists, reporters, or media commentators. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but 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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2020-01-161COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-6740165) 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: 01/16/2020)
2020-01-162LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 01/16/2020)
2020-01-21Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (zsb) (Entered: 01/21/2020)
2020-01-213SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 01/21/2020)
2020-01-274NOTICE of Appearance by Jason Blaine Aldrich on behalf of JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Aldrich, Jason) (Entered: 01/27/2020)
2020-01-295RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 1/28/2020. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 2/27/2020.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 1/28/2020., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 1/28/2020 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 01/29/2020)
2020-02-276NOTICE of Appearance by Derek S. Hammond on behalf of All Defendants (Hammond, Derek) (Entered: 02/27/2020)
2020-02-277ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Hammond, Derek) (Entered: 02/27/2020)
2020-02-27MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by Thursday, March 12, 2020. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 02/27/2020. (lccrc3) (Entered: 02/27/2020)
2020-03-128Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Hammond, Derek) (Entered: 03/12/2020)
2020-03-12MINUTE ORDER: In light of 8 Joint Status Report, the parties are hereby ORDERED to file a further joint status report on or before April 13, 2020. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 03/12/2020. (lccrc3) (Entered: 03/12/2020)
2020-03-13Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 4/13/2020 (lsj) (Entered: 03/13/2020)
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