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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv00287
Date Filed2020-02-03
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Carl J. Nichols
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED INC.
Case DescriptionReporter Jason Leopold submitted a FOIA request to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice for records concerning the preparation of the December 2019 report on the four FISA applications for the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Leopold also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and denied Leopold's request for expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2020-02-031COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-6790124) filed by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Civil Cover Sheet, # 4 Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/03/2020)
2020-02-032NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/03/2020)
2020-02-033LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/03/2020)
2020-02-04Case assigned to Judge Carl J. Nichols. (zmc) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
2020-02-044SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zmc) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
2020-02-105STANDING ORDER. Signed by Judge Carl J. Nichols on February 10, 2020. (lccjn3) (Entered: 02/10/2020)
2020-03-166ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Kossak, Jonathan) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
2020-03-19MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court in this Freedom of Information Act case are a Complaint and an Answer. According to Local Civil Rule 16.3, the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(f) are inapplicable. It is hereby ORDERED that the Parties shall confer and file a Joint Status Report on or before April 15, 2020. The Joint Status Report shall address: (1) the status of Plaintiffs' FOIA request; (2) the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiffs' FOIA request; (3) the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiffs; (4) whether a motion for stay is likely under Open America v. Watergate Special Prosecution Force , 547 F.2d 605 (D.C. Cir. 1976); (5) the possibility of prioritizing documents responsive to Plaintiffs' request[s] and any discussions regarding whether Plaintiffs' request[s] can be narrowed; and (6) whether the Parties anticipate summary judgment briefing and, if so, a proposed briefing schedule. Signed by Judge Carl J. Nichols on March 19, 2020. (lccjn3) (Entered: 03/19/2020)
2020-03-19Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Joint Status Report due by 4/15/2020. (zcdw) (Entered: 03/22/2020)
2020-03-257RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 2/14/2020 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/25/2020)
2020-03-258RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 2/14/2020. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/25/2020)
2020-03-259RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 2/14/2020. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 3/15/2020. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/25/2020)
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