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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting v. Central Intelligence Agency et al
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2020cv06641
Date Filed2020-09-22
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Alex G. Tse
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting
Case DescriptionAnayansi Diaz-Cortes, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, submitted FOIA requests to the CIA, the FBI, the State Department, and the Department of Defense for records concerning the disappearance of 43 Mexican students and related issues. CIR also requested expedited processing. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests but after hearing nothing further from any of the agencies, CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Expedited processing, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantCentral Intelligence Agency
DefendantU.S. Department of Justice
DefendantFederal Bureau of Investigation
DefendantU.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
DefendantU.S. Department of State
DefendantU.S. Department of Defense
DefendantNorthern Command
DefendantU.S. Defense Intelligence Agency
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
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2020-09-221COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-14973024.). Filed byThe Center for Investigative Reporting. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 9/22/2020) (Entered: 09/22/2020)
2020-09-232Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Alex G. Tse. 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 10/7/2020. (anjS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/23/2020) (Entered: 09/23/2020)
2020-09-233Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 1/1/2021. Initial Case Management Conference set for 1/8/2021 02:00 PM. (mclS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/23/2020) (Entered: 09/23/2020)
2020-09-304Proposed Summons. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 9/30/2020) (Entered: 09/30/2020)
2020-10-015Summons Issued as to U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.(mclS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/1/2020) (Entered: 10/01/2020)
2020-10-066Rule 7.1 Disclosures by The Center for Investigative Reporting (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 10/6/2020) (Entered: 10/06/2020)
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