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Case TitleCALLIMACHI v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv01362
Date Filed2020-05-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffRUKMINI CALLIMACHI
Case DescriptionRukmini Callimachi, an investigative journalist, submitted requests to the FBI for records concerning her stepfather Mihail Horia Botez, and others involved in Romania's communist government. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. The FBI disclosed some records on Botez but refused to search for records on other third parties without authorization. The agency also denied Callimachi's requests for records on Romanian intelligence under Exemption 1 (national security) and Exemption 3 (other statutes). Callimachi filed administrative appeals for those requests that had been denied. The Office of Information Policy upheld the adequacy of the agency's search for one request but after hearing nothing further from the agency pertaining to any of her requests, Callimachi filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2020-05-211COMPLAINT against FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-7147542) filed by RUKMINI CALLIMACHI. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-E, # 2 Exhibit F-J, # 3 Exhibit K-O, # 4 Exhibit P-T, # 5 Exhibit U-V, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet, # 7 Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/21/2020)
2020-05-212NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of RUKMINI CALLIMACHI (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 05/21/2020)
2020-05-21Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (adh, ) (Entered: 05/21/2020)
2020-05-213SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 05/21/2020)
2020-05-214STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 5/21/2020. (lctnm1) (Entered: 05/21/2020)
2020-06-115NOTICE of Appearance by Marsha Wellknown Yee on behalf of FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Yee, Marsha) (Entered: 06/11/2020)
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