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Case TitleMAURIZI v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv00966
Date Filed2020-04-13
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Emmet G. Sullivan
PlaintiffSTEFANIA MAURIZI
Case DescriptionStefania Maurizi, an Italian journalist, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning Julian Assange. She also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of her request and denied her request for expedited processing and told her that her request qualified for unusual circumstances. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Maurizi filed suit.
Complaint issues: Choice of format, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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2020-04-131COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-7017246) filed by Stefania Maurizi. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Summons)(Smith, Alia) (Entered: 04/13/2020)
2020-04-142ERRATA by Stefania Maurizi 1 Complaint, filed by Stefania Maurizi. (Attachments: # 1 Corrected complaint signature page, # 2 Corrected civil cover sheet)(Smith, Alia) (Entered: 04/14/2020)
2020-04-15Case Assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (adh, ) (Entered: 04/15/2020)
2020-04-153SUMMONS (1) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 04/15/2020)
2020-04-164STANDING ORDER: The parties are directed to read the attached Standing Order Governing Civil Cases Before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in its entirety upon receipt. The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives in the attached Standing Order. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 04/16/20. (Attachment: Exhibit 1) (mac) (Entered: 04/16/2020)
2020-04-235RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/15/2020. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/15/2020. (Smith, Alia) (Entered: 04/23/2020)
2020-04-236RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 4/20/2020. (Smith, Alia) (Entered: 04/23/2020)
2020-04-307RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/15/2020. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/15/2020. (Tobin, Charles) (Entered: 04/30/2020)
2020-05-158NOTICE of Appearance by Robert Aaron Caplen on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Caplen, Robert) (Entered: 05/15/2020)
2020-05-159ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Caplen, Robert) (Entered: 05/15/2020)
2020-05-19MINUTE ORDER. Plaintiff brings this action pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 U.S.C. § 552. The parties are directed to meet and confer and propose a joint scheduling order for further proceedings in this case by no later than June 2, 2020. The parties' joint proposed scheduling order shall address the following: (1) The status of Plaintiff's FOIA request; (2) The anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request; (3) The anticipated date(s) for release of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request; (4) Whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case; (5) Whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case; (6) Whether this case would benefit from referral to a magistrate judge or the District Court Mediation Program for purposes of settlement; and (7) A proposed briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if applicable. If the parties are unable to agree on a joint recommendation, the joint proposed scheduling order shall include each party's individual recommendations. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 5/19/2020. (lcegs3) (Entered: 05/19/2020)
2020-05-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Joint Scheduling Order due by 6/2/2020 (mac) (Entered: 05/19/2020)
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