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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv00572
Date Filed2020-02-26
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Timothy J. Kelly
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED, INC.
Case DescriptionReporter Jason Leopold submitted FOIA requests to the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, the CIA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. His request to the Criminal Division asked for records concerning criminal referrals made by the Intelligence Community Inspector General or any other government agency mentioning or referring to any potential campaign finance violations by President Donald Trump. Leopold also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The Criminal Division acknowledged receipt of the request and granted Leopold's request for expedited processing. Leopold made the same request to ODNI. ODNI acknowledged receipt of the request and granted Leopold's request for expedited processing. Leopold made a similar request to the CIA. The CIA acknowledged receipt of the request and granted Leopold's request for expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from any of the agencies, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
DefendantOFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
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2020-02-261COMPLAINT against CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-6866664) filed by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Civil Cover Sheet, # 10 Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/26/2020)
2020-02-262NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/26/2020)
2020-02-263LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/26/2020)
2020-02-27Case Assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly. (adh, ) (Entered: 02/27/2020)
2020-02-274SUMMONS (5) Issued Electronically as to CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 02/27/2020)
2020-03-275RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY served on 3/10/2020 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/27/2020)
2020-03-276RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 3/10/2020 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/27/2020)
2020-03-277RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE served on 3/9/2020 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/27/2020)
2020-03-278RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 3/10/2020. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/27/2020)
2020-03-279RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/10/2020. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/9/2020. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/27/2020)
2020-04-0710NOTICE of Appearance by Christopher Robert Healy on behalf of All Defendants (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 04/07/2020)
2020-04-0811ANSWER to Complaint by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 04/08/2020)
2020-04-08MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by May 8, 2020. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 4/8/2020. (lctjk3) (Entered: 04/08/2020)
2020-04-08Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule or Disclosure due by 5/8/2020. (zkh) (Entered: 04/08/2020)
2020-05-0812Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Joint Schedule Due to COVID-19 Work Requirements by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 05/08/2020)
2020-05-08MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, Defendants' 12 Motion for Extension of Time. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by June 22, 2020. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 5/8/2020. (lctjk3) (Entered: 05/08/2020)
2020-06-2213Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Joint Schedule Due to COVID-19 Work Requirements by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 06/22/2020)
2020-06-22MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, Defendants' 13 Motion for Extension of Time. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by July 22, 2020. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 6/22/2020. (lctjk3) (Entered: 06/22/2020)
2020-07-2214Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Joint Production Schedule by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 07/22/2020)
2020-07-23MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, Defendants' 14 Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by August 21, 2020. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 7/23/2020. (lctjk3) (Entered: 07/23/2020)
2020-08-0615VACATED PURSUANT TO MINUTE ORDER FILED 9/28/2020..... STANDING ORDER. See Order for details. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 8/6/2020. (lctjk3) Modified on 9/28/2020 (zkh). (Entered: 08/06/2020)
2020-08-2116Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 08/21/2020)
2020-08-22MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 16 Joint Proposed Schedule, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall submit a joint status report by September 25, 2020. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 8/22/2020. (lctjk3) (Entered: 08/22/2020)
2020-09-2517Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 09/25/2020)
2020-09-28MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 17 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall submit a further joint status report by November 30, 2020. It is further ORDERED that the Court's 15 Standing Order is vacated, as the standing order is not intended to govern FOIA cases. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 9/28/2020. (lctjk3) (Entered: 09/28/2020)
2020-11-3018Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 11/30/2020)
2020-12-01MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 18 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall submit a further joint status report by December 11, 2020. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 12/01/2020. (lctjk3) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-1119Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 12/11/2020)
2020-12-14MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 19 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall submit a further joint status report by January 11, 2021. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 12/14/2020. (lctjk3) (Entered: 12/14/2020)
2021-01-1120Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 01/11/2021)
2021-01-13MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 20 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall submit a further joint status report by January 15, 2021. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 1/13/2021. (lctjk3) (Entered: 01/13/2021)
2021-01-1521Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 01/15/2021)
2021-01-21MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 21 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendants' motion for summary judgment is due by March 12, 2021; Plaintiffs' opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment are due by March 30, 2021; Defendants' reply and cross-opposition are due by April 20, 2021; and Plaintiffs' cross-reply is due by May 11, 2021. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 1/21/2021. (lctjk3) (Entered: 01/21/2021)
2021-01-21Set/Reset Deadlines: Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 3/30/2021. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 4/20/2021. (zkh) (Entered: 01/21/2021)
2021-03-0522MOTION for Extension of Time to file Motion for Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 03/05/2021)
2021-03-11MINUTE ORDER granting Defendants' 22 Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED, for good cause shown, that Defendants' 22 Motion is GRANTED. Defendants shall file their motion for summary judgment by March 19, 2021. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 03/11/2021. (lctjk3) (Entered: 03/11/2021)
2021-03-1923MOTION for Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Jones Declaration, # 2 Exhibit Blaine Declaration, # 3 Statement of Facts)(Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 03/19/2021)
2021-03-2324Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Briefing Schedule by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/23/2021)
2021-03-23MINUTE ORDER granting Plaintiffs' 24 Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED, for good cause shown, that Plaintiffs' 24 Motion is GRANTED. The briefing schedule is hereby amended as follows: (1) Plaintiffs' opposition to motion for summary judgment and cross-motion for summary judgment shall be due by April 13, 2021, (2) Defendants' reply in support of motion for summary judgment and opposition to cross-motion for summary judgment shall be due by May 4, 2021, and (3) Plaintiffs' reply in support of cross-motion for summary judgment shall be due by May 25, 2021. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 03/23/2021. (lctjk3) (Entered: 03/23/2021)
2021-03-24Set/Reset Deadlines: Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 4/13/2021. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 5/4/2021. (zkh) (Entered: 03/24/2021)
2021-04-1325Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit B, # 4 Statement of Facts Response to SOF, # 5 Text of Proposed Order)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 04/13/2021)
2021-04-1326Memorandum in opposition to re 23 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Statement of Facts Response to Statement of Facts, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 04/13/2021)
2021-05-0427Memorandum in opposition to re 25 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment and Reply in Support of Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: # 1 Statement of Facts)(Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 05/04/2021)
2021-05-0428REPLY to opposition to motion re 23 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (See Docket Entry 27 to view document). (znmw) (Entered: 05/06/2021)
2021-05-2529REPLY to opposition to motion re 25 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/25/2021)
2021-07-0830NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/08/2021)
2021-07-0931ERRATA re 30 NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Decision)(Topic, Matthew); Modified docketing event, text, and added docket entry relationship on 7/12/2021 (ztth). (Entered: 07/09/2021)
2021-07-1332RESPONSE re 31 NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 07/13/2021)
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