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Case TitleSECRET v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv02175
Date Filed2020-08-10
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
PlaintiffMOSI SECRET
Case DescriptionMosi Secret, a journalist, submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the deceased racial justice activist Darren Seals. Secret also requested expedited processing, a fee waiver and inclusion in the news media fee category. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency granted Secret's request for inclusion in the news media fee category but denied his requests for expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency told him that the estimated completion date for processing his request would be 1,432 days. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Secret filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
DefendantDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2020-08-101COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-7443601) filed by MOSI SECRET. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit Exhibit K, # 12 Exhibit Exhibit L, # 13 Exhibit Exhibit M, # 14 Exhibit Exhibit N, # 15 Exhibit Exhibit O, # 16 Exhibit Exhibit P, # 17 Exhibit Exhibit Q, # 18 Exhibit Exhibit R, # 19 Exhibit Exhibit S, # 20 Exhibit Exhibit T, # 21 Exhibit Exhibit U, # 22 Exhibit Exhibit V, # 23 Civil Cover Sheet, # 24 Summons)(Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 08/10/2020)
2020-08-10Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (zsb) (Entered: 08/10/2020)
2020-08-182SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 08/18/2020)
2020-08-193GENERAL ORDER AND GUIDELINES APPLICABLE TO FOIA CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON. The Court will hold the parties and counsel responsible for following these directives, and parties and counsel should pay particular attention to the Court's instructions for processing and production of records, batching motions, and filing exhibits. Failure to adhere to this Order may, when appropriate, result the imposition of sanctions and/or sua sponte denial of non-conforming motions. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 8/19/2020. (jag) (Entered: 08/19/2020)
2020-08-284RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 8/27/2020; FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION served on 8/27/2020, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/27/2020. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 9/26/2020.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 8/27/20. (Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 08/28/2020)
2020-09-055NOTICE of Appearance by Joseph F. Carilli, Jr on behalf of All Defendants (Carilli, Joseph) (Entered: 09/05/2020)
2020-09-086NOTICE of Appearance by Adam Alexander Marshall on behalf of MOSI SECRET (Marshall, Adam) (Entered: 09/08/2020)
2020-09-107NOTICE of Appearance by Gunita Singh on behalf of MOSI SECRET (Singh, Gunita) (Entered: 09/10/2020)
2020-09-248NOTICE of Intent to File Answer by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (Carilli, Joseph) (Entered: 09/24/2020)
2020-09-289ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.(Carilli, Joseph) (Entered: 09/28/2020)
2020-11-05MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall review this Court's 3 General Order and Guidelines Applicable to FOIA Cases, and promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for disclosure or briefing motions for summary judgment, on or before 11/19/2020. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 11/4/2020. (jag) (Entered: 11/05/2020)
2020-11-1910Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (Carilli, Joseph) (Entered: 11/19/2020)
2020-11-20MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 10 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 2/5/2021, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 11/20/2020. (jag) (Entered: 11/20/2020)
2021-02-0511Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Carilli, Joseph) (Entered: 02/05/2021)
2021-02-11MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 4/21/2021, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 2/11/2021. (jag) (Entered: 02/11/2021)
2021-04-2112Joint STATUS REPORT by MOSI SECRET. (Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 04/21/2021)
2021-04-25MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 12 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 7/8/2021, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 4/25/2021. (jag) (Entered: 04/25/2021)
2021-06-29Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been elevated to serveon the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is therefore nolonger assigned to this case, and this matter has been reassigned to theCalendar Committee, which will oversee it until it is assigned toanother district judge. Any questions should be directed to JudgeJackson's former deputy clerk, Gwendolyn Franklin, at 202-354-3145or gwen_franklin@dcd.uscourts.gov. (rj) (Entered: 06/29/2021)
2021-07-0813Joint STATUS REPORT by MOSI SECRET. (Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 07/08/2021)
2021-07-12MINUTE ORDER (paperless), upon consideration of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report, DIRECTING the parties to submit, by October 6, 2021, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties and, if so, proposing a schedule to govern further proceedings in this matter. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on July 9, 2021. (lcbah2) (Entered: 07/12/2021)
2021-07-12Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/6/2021. (zgdf) (Entered: 07/12/2021)
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