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Case TitleLEGAL EAGLE, LLC v. NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv01732
Date Filed2020-06-25
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffLEGAL EAGLE, LLC
Case DescriptionLegal Eagle, which runs a YouTube channel, submitted FOIA requests to the National Security Council Records Access and Information Security Management Directorate, as well as agencies in the intelligence community for records concerning the declassification review for John Bolton's book. Legal Eagle also requested expedited processing. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests but after hearing nothing further from any agency, Legal Eagle filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees, Expedited processing

DefendantNATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE
DefendantCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF STATE
DefendantNATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
DefendantOFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
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2020-06-251COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-7266904) filed by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons, # 6 Summons, # 7 Summons, # 8 Summons, # 9 Summons, # 10 Summons)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 06/25/2020)
2020-06-25Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zsb) (Entered: 06/25/2020)
2020-06-252SUMMONS (9) Issued Electronically as to CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 06/25/2020)
2020-06-253LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC (McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 06/25/2020)
2020-07-154RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/6/2020. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/5/2020.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 7/6/20., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY served on 7/6/2020; DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE served on 7/6/2020; DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 7/6/2020; DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 7/6/2020; NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION served on 7/6/2020; OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE served on 7/9/2020 (McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 07/15/2020)
2020-07-165AMENDED COMPLAINT (First) against All Defendants filed by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC.(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 07/16/2020)
2020-08-036NOTICE of Appearance by Christopher Robert Healy on behalf of All Defendants (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 08/03/2020)
2020-08-037Partial MOTION to Dismiss NSC-RAISMD by NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 08/03/2020)
2020-08-038MOTION to Stay Answer Deadline Due to Partial Motion to Dismiss by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 08/03/2020)
2020-08-039ERRATA Partial Motion to Dimiss with Proposed Order by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE 7 Partial MOTION to Dismiss NSC-RAISMD filed by NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE. (Attachments: # 1 Partial Motion to Dismiss with Proposed Order)(Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 08/03/2020)
2020-08-03MINUTE ORDER granting 8 Defendants' Unopposed Motion to Stay Answer Deadline Due to Partial Motion to Dismiss: It is hereby ORDERED that the period for Defendants to respond to 5 Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint is hereby STAYED until 14 days after the Court's disposition of 7 Defendants' Partial Motion to Dismiss. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 8/3/2020. (lcrc1) (Entered: 08/03/2020)
2020-08-1710Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 7 Partial MOTION to Dismiss NSC-RAISMD by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 08/17/2020)
2020-08-18MINUTE ORDER granting 10 Plaintiff's Consent Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that the following schedule shall govern further briefing in this case: Plaintiff shall file its opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment on or before August 24, 2020; Defendants shall file their reply and opposition to Plaintiff's cross-motion on or before September 8, 2020. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 8/18/2020. (lcrc1) (Entered: 08/18/2020)
2020-08-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 8/24/2020. Reply to Cross Motions due by 9/8/2020. Responses due by 8/24/2020. Replies due by 9/8/2020. (tj) (Entered: 08/19/2020)
2020-08-2211MOTION to Expedite Case by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 08/22/2020)
2020-08-2512Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 7 Partial MOTION to Dismiss NSC-RAISMD by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 08/25/2020)
2020-08-2513MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Request letters, # 2 Exhibit B - Expedited processing denials, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 08/25/2020)
2020-08-2614Memorandum in opposition to re 7 Partial MOTION to Dismiss NSC-RAISMD filed by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 08/26/2020)
2020-08-26MINUTE ORDER granting 12 Plaintiff's Consent Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that Plaintiff's 13 Cross-Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and 14 Opposition to Defendant's Partial Motion to Dismiss are hereby deemed timely filed. Consistent with the Court's earlier Minute Order (Aug. 18, 2020), Defendants shall file their reply and opposition to Plaintiff's cross-motion on or before September 8, 2020, but file a motion for extension of time if necessary. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 8/26/2020. (lcrc1) (Entered: 08/26/2020)
2020-08-27Set/Reset Deadlines: Response to Cross Motions due by 9/8/2020. Replies due by 9/8/2020. (tj) (Entered: 08/27/2020)
2020-09-0815Memorandum in opposition to re 11 MOTION to Expedite Case filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 09/08/2020)
2020-09-0816MOTION for Extension of Time to File Cross-Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and Opposition to Plaintiffs Motoin for Partial Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 09/08/2020)
2020-09-0817Memorandum in opposition to re 16 MOTION for Extension of Time to File Cross-Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and Opposition to Plaintiffs Motoin for Partial Summary Judgment filed by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Counsel's email correspondence, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 09/08/2020)
2020-09-0818REPLY to opposition to motion re 7 Partial MOTION to Dismiss NSC-RAISMD filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 09/08/2020)
2020-09-08MINUTE ORDER granting 16 Defendants' Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendants shall file their combined cross-motion for partial summary judgment and opposition to Plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment on or before September 18, 2020. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 9/8/2020. (lcrc1) (Entered: 09/08/2020)
2020-09-0819REPLY to opposition to motion re 16 MOTION for Extension of Time to File Cross-Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and Opposition to Plaintiffs Motoin for Partial Summary Judgment filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Healy, Christopher) (Entered: 09/08/2020)
2020-09-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motion for partial Summary Judgment due by 9/18/2020. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 9/18/2020. (hs) (Entered: 09/09/2020)
2020-09-1520REPLY to opposition to motion re 11 MOTION to Expedite Case filed by LEGAL EAGLE, LLC. (McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 09/15/2020)
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