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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting et al v. United States Department of Commerce
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2020cv01783
Date Filed2020-03-12
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Laurel Beeler
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting
PlaintiffWill Carless
Case DescriptionWill Carless, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, submitted three FOIA requests to the Department of Commerce for records concerning the 2020 Census. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests but after hearing nothing further from the agency pertaining to any of his request, Carless and CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Commerce
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2020-03-121COMPLAINT for Injunctive Relief against United States Department of Commerce, (Filing Fee: $400.00, receipt number 0971- 14275379). Filed by The Center for Investigative Reporting & Will Carless. (Attachments: #(1) Exhibit, #(2) Civil Cover Sheet)(Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/12/2020) Modified on 3/13/2020 (tnS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/12/2020)
2020-03-122Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/12/2020) (Entered: 03/12/2020)
2020-03-123Certification of Interested Entities or Persons filed by Will Carless & The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/12/2020) (Entered: 03/12/2020)
2020-03-124Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. 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 3/26/2020. (bwS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/12/2020) (Entered: 03/13/2020)
2020-03-135Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Joint Case Management Statement due by 6/4/2020. Initial Case Management Conference set for 6/11/2020 at 11:00 AM in San Francisco, Courtroom B, 15th Floor. (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/13/2020) (Entered: 03/13/2020)
2020-03-136Summons Issued as to Defendant United States Department of Commerce. (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/13/2020) (Entered: 03/13/2020)
2020-03-167CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Will Carless, The Center for Investigative Reporting.. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/16/2020) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
2020-03-168CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Will Carless, The Center for Investigative Reporting re 1 Complaint, (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 3/16/2020) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
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