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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting et al v. United States Department of Justice et al
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2020cv06649
Date Filed2020-09-23
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting
PlaintiffAnayansi Diaz-Cortes
Case DescriptionAnayansi Diaz-Cortes, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice and the Department of State for records concerning the investigation of the Mexican drug cartel Guerreros Unidos. The Criminal Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys acknowledged receipt of the requests. The Criminal Division issued a Glomar response neither confirming nor denying the existence of records, based on Exemption 7(C) (invasion of privacy concerning law enforcement records). CIR filed an administrative appeal of the Criminal Division's denial. The Office of Information Policy upheld the appeal. DEA also issued a Glomar response based on Exemption 7(C). CIR filed an administrative appeal of that decision but had not heard back before filing suit. EOUSA failed to respond before CIR filed suit. The State Department acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing further from either agency, CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Justice
DefendantUnited States Department of State
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2020-09-231COMPLAINT against United States Department of Justice, United States Department of State ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-14976414). Filed by The Center for Investigative Reporting, Anayansi Diaz-Cortes. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Summons)(Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 9/23/2020) Modified on 9/24/2020 (slhS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 09/23/2020)
2020-09-232Certificate of Interested Entities by The Center for Investigative Reporting, Anayansi Diaz-Cortes (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 9/23/2020) Modified on 9/24/2020 (slhS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 09/23/2020)
2020-09-233Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. 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 http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseopening. Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges. 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. (haS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/23/2020) (Entered: 09/23/2020)
2020-09-244Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 12/17/2020. Initial Case Management Conference set for 12/24/2020 01:30 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom E, 15th Floor. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/24/2020) (Entered: 09/24/2020)
2020-09-245Summons Issued as to United States Department of Justice, United States Department of State. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/24/2020) (Entered: 09/24/2020)
2020-10-066CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 10/6/2020) (Entered: 10/06/2020)
2020-10-137CLERK'S NOTICE Re: Consent or Declination: Plaintiffs shall file a consent or declination to proceed before a magistrate judge by 10/27/2020. Note that any party is free to withhold consent to proceed before a magistrate judge without adverse substantive consequences. The forms are available at: http://cand.uscourts.gov/civilforms. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/13/2020) (Entered: 10/13/2020)
2020-10-138CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, The Center for Investigative Reporting.. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 10/13/2020) (Entered: 10/13/2020)
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