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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv00550
Date Filed2020-02-25
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice for records concerning a January 2017 meeting at the White House involving OPDAT Regional Director Catherine Newcombe, Department of State Legal Advisor Jeff Cole, and representatives of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. The request also asked for any communications between Newcombe and National Security Council staffer Eric Ciaramella. 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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2020-02-251COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-6861454) 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 Justice)(Aldrich, Jason) (Entered: 02/25/2020)
2020-02-252LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Aldrich, Jason) (Entered: 02/25/2020)
2020-02-26Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (adh, ) (Entered: 02/26/2020)
2020-02-263SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 02/26/2020)
2020-03-194GENERAL 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 3/19/2020. (jag) (Entered: 03/19/2020)
2020-03-245RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/23/2020. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/22/2020.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 3/4/2020., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 3/4/2020 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Aldrich, Jason) (Entered: 03/24/2020)
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