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Case TitleAMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION et al v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv02320
Date Filed2020-08-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Reggie B. Walton
PlaintiffAMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
PlaintiffAMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Case DescriptionThe American Civil Liberties Union submitted a FOIA request to the Bureau of Prisons for records concerning the impact of C\OVID-19 and cost and staffing data pertaining to federal executions. The ACLU also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Expedited processing, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS
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2020-08-211COMPLAINT against FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-7495594) filed by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons for Bureau of Prisons, # 3 Summons for U.S. Attorney General, # 4 Summons for United States Attorney for D.C., # 5 Corporate disclosure certificate)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 08/21/2020)
2020-08-212MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Cassandra Stubbs, Filing fee $ 100, receipt number ADCDC-7495833. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cassandra Stubbs, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 08/21/2020)
2020-08-213LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION (zsb) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-24Case Assigned to Judge Reggie B. Walton. (zsb) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-244SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-245MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of counsel, # 2 Memorandum in Support, # 3 Declaration of Cassandra Stubbs, # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-246NOTICE of Appearance by Rebecca Michelle Kopplin on behalf of FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS (Kopplin, Rebecca) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-24MINUTE ORDER. To ensure the expeditious resolution of the 5 Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before August 24, 2020, at 8:00 p.m., the defendant shall file a response to the plaintiffs' motion. It is further ORDERED that, on August 25, 2020, at 9:30 a.m., the parties shall appear before the Court for a motion hearing via teleconference by calling 1-877-873-8017 and entering the Court's access code (8583213) followed by the pound key (#). Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on August 24, 2020. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-247GENERAL ORDER FOR CIVIL CASES BEFORE THE HONORABLE REGGIE B. WALTON. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on August 24, 2020. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-248NOTICE of Appearance by Elizabeth J. Shapiro on behalf of FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS (Shapiro, Elizabeth) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-249RESPONSE re 5 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit B)(Kopplin, Rebecca) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-24MINUTE ORDER. The Court having considered the plaintiffs' 2 Motion for the Admission, Pro Hac Vice, of Cassandra Stubbs as Additional Counsel for Plaintiffs, and it appearing to the Court that the attorney referenced therein meets the requirements for pro hac vice admission under this Court's rules, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED. It is further ORDERED that Cassandra Stubbs, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, 201 W. Main Street, Suite 402, Durham, North Carolina 27705, is ADMITTED to practice before the Court pro hac vice. Counsel should register for e-filing via PACER and file a notice of appearance pursuant to LCvR 83.6(a). Click fo r instructions . Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on August 24, 2020. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 08/24/2020)
2020-08-2510REPLY to opposition to motion re 5 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION. (Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 08/25/2020)
2020-08-25Set/Reset Hearings: Motion Hearing set for 8/25/2020 at 09:30 AM by Telephonic/VTC before Judge Reggie B. Walton. (hs) (Entered: 08/25/2020)
2020-08-25Minute Entry; for proceedings held before Judge Reggie B. Walton: Motion Hearing/Oral Argument held on 8/25/2020. Plaintiff's 5 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION heard and denied. (Court Reporter Cathryn Jones) (hs) (Entered: 08/25/2020)
2020-08-2611ORDER. In accordance with the oral rulings issued by the Court at the motion hearing held on August 25, 2020, via teleconference, it is hereby ORDERED that the 5 Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for failing to show that they would suffer irreparable harm in the absence of a temporary restraining order. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on August 26, 2020. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 08/26/2020)
2020-08-2712NOTICE of Appearance by Cassandra Stubbs on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Stubbs, Cassandra) (Entered: 08/27/2020)
2020-08-2813MOTION for Preliminary Injunction by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 08/28/2020)
2020-08-29MINUTE ORDER. To ensure the expeditious resolution of the 13 Plaintiffs' Motion for a Preliminary Injunction, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before September 1, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., the defendant shall file a response to the plaintiffs' motion. It is further ORDERED that, on or before September 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., the plaintiffs shall file a reply in support of their motion. It is further ORDERED that, on September 4, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., the parties shall appear before the Court for a motion hearing via teleconference by calling 1-877-873-8017 and entering the Court's access code (8583213) followed by the pound key (#). Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on August 29, 2020. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 08/29/2020)
2020-08-29Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Response due by 9/1/2020. Reply due by 9/2/2020. Motion Hearing set for 9/4/2020 at 9:00 AM via teleconference before Judge Reggie B. Walton. (zgdf) (Entered: 09/01/2020)
2020-09-0114Memorandum in opposition to re 13 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction filed by FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, 2d Christensen Decl.)(Kopplin, Rebecca) Modified docket event/text on 9/2/2020 (eg). (Entered: 09/01/2020)
2020-09-0215REPLY to opposition to motion re 13 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction filed by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION. (Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 09/02/2020)
2020-09-0216MOTION for Leave to File Declaration of Liliana Segura by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Liliana Segura, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 09/02/2020)
2020-09-0417NOTICE of Filing Amended Complaint by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION (Attachments: # 1 Amended Complaint, # 2 "Redline" showing changes from original complaint)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 09/04/2020)
2020-09-04Minute Entry; for proceedings held before Judge Reggie B. Walton: Motion Hearing held on 9/4/2020 re 13 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction. Motion Hearing continued for 9/18/2020 at 02:00 PM by Telephonic/VTC before Judge Reggie B. Walton. (Court Reporter Cathryn Jones) (hs) (Entered: 09/04/2020)
2020-09-0418ORDER. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on September 4, 2020. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 09/04/2020)
2020-09-1019NOTICE of Appearance by Leslie Cooper Vigen on behalf of FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS (Vigen, Leslie) (Entered: 09/10/2020)
2020-09-1020TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS before Judge Reggie B. Walton held on September 4, 2020; Page Numbers: 1 - 15. Court Reporter/Transcriber Cathryn Jones, Telephone number 202 354-3246, Transcripts may be ordered by submitting the Transcript Order Form For the first 90 days after this filing date, the transcript may be viewed at the courthouse at a public terminal or purchased from the court reporter referenced above. After 90 days, t he transcript may be accessed via PACER. Other transcript formats, (multi-page, condensed, CD or ASCII) may be purchased from the court reporter. NOTICE RE REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: The parties have twenty-one days to file with the court and the court reporter any request to redact personal identifiers from this transcript. If no such requests are filed, the transcript will be made available to the public via PACER without redaction after 90 days. The policy, which includes the five personal identifiers specifically covered, is located on our website at www.dcd.uscourts.gov. Redaction Request due 10/1/2020. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 10/11/2020. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 12/9/2020.(Jones, Cathryn) (Entered: 09/10/2020)
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