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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv00722
Date Filed2020-03-13
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED, INC.
Case DescriptionBuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold submitted FOIA requests to the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Leopold's FOIA request to CDC asked for emails mentioning coronavirus. He also asked for expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told Leopold his request was too broad. Leopold filed an administrative appeal. The agency then agreed to conduct a search. CDC also granted Leopold's request for expedited processing. Leopold then narrowed the request but did not hear anything further from the agency. Leopold's FOIA request to FEMA asked for any contingency plans for coronavirus. Leopold also requested expedited processing. FEMA granted Leopold's request for expedited processing. Leopold narrowed his request to contingency plans in the possession of FEMA and emails pertaining to such plans. After hearing nothing further from either agency, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantCENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL
DefendantCENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DefendantFEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
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2020-03-131COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-6918354) 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 Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit K, # 12 Summons, # 13 Civil Cover Sheet)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/13/2020)
2020-03-132NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/13/2020)
2020-03-133LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/13/2020)
2020-03-16Case assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zmc) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
2020-03-164SUMMONS (6) Issued Electronically as to CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL, FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zmc) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
2020-03-165ENTERED IN ERROR.....ERRATA Correcting the Defendant's Name in the Complaint to "CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION." by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Topic, Matthew) Modified on 3/16/2020 (jf). (Entered: 03/16/2020)
2020-03-166ERRATA Correcting the Defendant's Name in the Complaint to "CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION." by BUZZFEED, INC., JASON LEOPOLD. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
2020-03-16NOTICE OF CORRECTED DOCKET ENTRY: Document No. re 5 Errata was entered in error and refiled by counsel. (See Docket Entry [] to view document)(jf) (Entered: 03/16/2020)
2020-03-207ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 03/20/20. (DM) (Entered: 03/20/2020)
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