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Case TitleNational Public Radio, Inc. et al v. U.S. Marines et al
DistrictNorthern District of California
Case Number4:2020cv02587
Date Filed2020-04-14
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers
PlaintiffNational Public Radio, Inc.
PlaintiffEric Westervelt
Case DescriptionNational Public Radio reporter Eric Westervelt submitted a FOIA request to the U.S. Marines Corps for records concerning the JAGMAN investigation. Westervelt also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency told Westervelt that it could not locate any responsive records. Westervelt filed an administrative appeal which was denied. Westervelt then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Marines
DefendantU.S. Navy
DefendantU.S. Department of Defense
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2020-04-151COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 522 et seq. against U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-14375915.). Filed byNational Public Radio, Inc., Eric Westervelt. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Civil Cover Sheet)(Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 4/15/2020) (Entered: 04/15/2020)
2020-04-152Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore. 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 4/29/2020. (haS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/15/2020) (Entered: 04/15/2020)
2020-04-153Proposed Summons. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 4/15/2020) (Entered: 04/15/2020)
2020-04-154Rule 7.1 Disclosures by National Public Radio, Inc., Eric Westervelt (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 4/15/2020) (Entered: 04/15/2020)
2020-04-165Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 7/7/2020. Initial Case Management Conference set for 7/14/2020 01:30 PM. (ajsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/16/2020) (Entered: 04/16/2020)
2020-04-166Summons Issued as to U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Attorney General. (ajsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/16/2020) (Entered: 04/16/2020)
2020-04-297CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by National Public Radio, Inc., Eric Westervelt.. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 4/29/2020) (Entered: 04/29/2020)
2020-04-298CLERK'S NOTICE OF IMPENDING REASSIGNMENT TO A U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE: The Clerk of this Court will now randomly reassign this case to a District Judge because either (1) a party has not consented to the jurisdiction of a Magistrate Judge, or (2) time is of the essence in deciding a pending judicial action for which the necessary consents to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction have not been secured. You will be informed by separate notice of the district judge to whom this case is reassigned. ALL HEARING DATES PRESENTLY SCHEDULED BEFORE THE CURRENT MAGISTRATE JUDGE ARE VACATED AND SHOULD BE RE-NOTICED FOR HEARING BEFORE THE JUDGE TO WHOM THIS CASE IS REASSIGNED. This is a text only docket entry; there is no document associated with this notice. (dtmS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/29/2020) (Entered: 04/29/2020)
2020-04-309ORDER REASSIGNING CASE. Case reassigned using a proportionate, random, and blind system pursuant to General Order No. 44 to Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers for all further proceedings. Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore no longer assigned to case, Notice: The assigned judge participates in the Cameras in the Courtroom Pilot Project. See General Order No. 65 and Signed by the Clerk on 4/20/2020. (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Eligibility for Video Recording)(ajsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/30/2020) (Entered: 04/30/2020)
2020-05-2110CLERK'S NOTICE SETTING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE. Case Management Statement due by 6/29/2020. Initial Case Management Conference set for Monday, 7/6/2020 02:00 PM before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, Courtroom 1, 4th Floor. (Attachments: # 1 Standing Order) (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/21/2020) (Entered: 05/21/2020)
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