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Case TitleEMUWA et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv01756
Date Filed2020-06-29
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffAMARA EMUWA
PlaintiffMICHAUX LUKUSA
PlaintiffMOHAMMED ALQARAGHULI
PlaintiffFNU ALATANHUA
PlaintiffLOUISE TRAUMA CENTER LLC
Case DescriptionAmara Emuwa, Michaux Lukusa, Mohammed Alqaraghuli, Fnu Alatanhua, and the Louise Trauma Center submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning their asylum assessment reports. The agency acknowledged receipt of their requests but refused to provide the assessment recommendation for the asylum interviews. Emuwa and the others then filed a class action practice or policy claim suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
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2020-06-291COMPLAINT AMARA EMUWA against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-7278181) filed by AMARA EMUWA. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit, # 7 Exhibit, # 8 Exhibit, # 9 Civil Cover Sheet, # 10 Notice to Counsel/Party, # 11 Summons)(Cleveland, David) (Entered: 06/29/2020)
2020-06-292NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by FNU ALATANHUA, MOHAMMED ALQARAGHULI, AMARA EMUWA, LOUISE TRAUMA CENTER LLC, MICHAUX LUKUSA. Case related to Case No. 20-cv-1128. (zmc) (Entered: 06/29/2020)
2020-06-29Case assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zmc) (Entered: 06/29/2020)
2020-06-293SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zmc) (Entered: 06/29/2020)
2020-06-294STANDING 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 6/29/2020. (lctnm2) (Entered: 06/29/2020)
2020-06-305RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 6/30/2020. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 7/30/2020. (Cleveland, David) (Entered: 06/30/2020)
2020-07-036RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 7/2/2020 (Cleveland, David) (Entered: 07/03/2020)
2020-07-087RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 07/06/2020. (Cleveland, David) (Entered: 07/08/2020)
2020-07-288MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Brudy-Everett, Kristin) (Entered: 07/28/2020)
2020-07-28MINUTE ORDER denying Defendant's 8 Motion for Extension of Time to File Answer. Defendant's motion fails to comply with Local Civil Rule 7(m), which requires the moving party to discuss any anticipated nondispositive motion in a civil action with opposing counsel and to "include in its motion a statement that the required discussion occurred, and a statement as to whether the motion is opposed." Defendant's motion also fails to comply with Paragraph 9(A) of the Court's 4 Standing Order, which states that motions for extension of time "must be filed at least four business days prior to the first affected deadline." SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 7/28/2020. (lctnm2) (Entered: 07/28/2020)
2020-07-309ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Brudy-Everett, Kristin) (Entered: 07/30/2020)
2020-07-31MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court are a Complaint and an Answer in this FOIA case. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule should address, among other things, the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, and a briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if required. The parties shall file the report on or before August 31, 2020. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 7/31/2020. (Entered: 07/31/2020)
2020-07-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/31/2020. (hmc) (Entered: 07/31/2020)
2020-08-3110Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Brudy-Everett, Kristin) (Entered: 08/31/2020)
2020-08-31MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the 10 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall appear for a Status Conference on September 9, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The conference will take place by telephone. Dial-in information will be emailed to counsel. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 8/31/2020. (lctnm2) (Entered: 08/31/2020)
2020-08-31Set/Reset Hearings: Telephonic Status Conference set for 9/9/2020 at 10:00 AM before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (hmc) (Entered: 08/31/2020)
2020-09-09Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Trevor N. McFadden: Telephonic Status Conference held on 9/9/2020. Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment due by 9/30/2020. Plaintiffs' combined Cross-Motion and Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment due by 10/30/2020. Defendant's combined Opposition to Plaintiffs' Cross-Motion and Reply due by 11/20/2020. Plaintiffs' Reply in support of their Cross-Motion due by 12/11/2020. (Court Reporter: Crystal Pilgrim.) (hmc) (Entered: 09/09/2020)
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