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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting, et al v. U.S. Department of Interior
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2020cv04427
Date Filed2020-07-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting
PlaintiffLance Williams
Case DescriptionLance Williams, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Interior for records concerning meetings held by the agency and California state officials that included David Bernhardt and the Bureau of Land Reclamation. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Williams and CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Department of Interior
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
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2020-07-021COMPLAINT for Injunctive Relief against U.S. Department of Interior (Filing fee $ 400.00, receipt number 0971-14650591.). Filed by The Center for Investigative Reporting. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet) (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 7/2/2020) Modified on 7/6/2020 (gbaS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 07/02/2020)
2020-07-022Certificate of Interested Entities by The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 7/2/2020) (Entered: 07/02/2020)
2020-07-023Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 7/2/2020) (Entered: 07/02/2020)
2020-07-024Notice of Additional Parties: the following parties are listed on 1 Complaint, and have been added to this case: Lance Williams. (This is a text-only entry.) (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 7/2/2020) (Entered: 07/02/2020)
2020-07-065Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero. 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 7/20/2020. (mbcS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/6/2020) (Entered: 07/06/2020)
2020-07-066Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 10/2/2020. Initial Case Management Conference set for 10/9/2020 02:00 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom F, 15th Floor. (gbaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/6/2020) (Entered: 07/06/2020)
2020-07-067Summons Issued as to U.S. Department of Interior. (gbaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/6/2020) (Entered: 07/06/2020)
2020-07-078NOTICE of Appearance by Rachel M. Brooke (Brooke, Rachel) (Filed on 7/7/2020) (Entered: 07/07/2020)
2020-07-139CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by The Center for Investigative Reporting, Lance Williams.. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 7/13/2020) (Entered: 07/13/2020)
2020-07-2710NOTICE of Appearance by Gioconda R. Molinari (Molinari, Gioconda) (Filed on 7/27/2020) (Entered: 07/27/2020)
2020-07-2811CLERK'S NOTICE Re: Consent or Declination: Defendants shall file a consent or declination to proceed before a magistrate judge. Note that any party is free to withhold consent to proceed before a magistrate judge without adverse substantive consequences. The forms are available at: (Party/parties were also notified via telephone or email.) Consent/Declination due by 8/11/2020. (klhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/28/2020) (Entered: 07/28/2020)
2020-07-2812CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by The Center for Investigative Reporting, Lance Williams (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 7/28/2020) (Entered: 07/28/2020)
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