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Case TitleGoodman v. Department of Defense
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2020cv08349
Date Filed2020-10-07
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Lewis J. Liman
PlaintiffRyan Goodman as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security
Case DescriptionRyan Goodman, a former special counsel to the general counsel of the Department of Defense and founding co-editor of the online publication Just Security, submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of Defense. The first request asked for the number of troops currently stationed in the Middle East and Afghanistan, which previously had been available from the Defense Manpower Data Center. His second FOIA request asked for records explaining why those numbers had been redacted under the Trump administration. Goodman also requested expedited processing. The agency told Goodman that his requests qualified for the unusual circumstances exception. The agency also denied his request for expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency concerning either of his requests, Goodman filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Expedited processing, Adequacy - Search, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDepartment of Defense
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2020-10-071COMPLAINT against Department of Defense. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number ANYSDC-22019107)Document filed by Ryan Goodman. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit DMDC Report Excerpts, # 2 Exhibit FOIA Request Troop Numbers, # 3 Exhibit FOIA Request Documents, # 4 Exhibit DoD Response to FOIA Requests).(Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/07/2020)
2020-10-072CIVIL COVER SHEET filed..(Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/07/2020)
2020-10-073REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to United States Department of Defense, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Ryan Goodman..(Schulz, David) (Entered: 10/07/2020)
2020-10-08***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING PARTY MODIFICATION. Notice to attorney David A. Schulz. The party information for the following party/parties has been modified: Ryan Goodman. The information for the party/parties has been modified for the following reason/reasons: party text was omitted;. (jgo) (Entered: 10/08/2020)
2020-10-08CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge Lewis J. Liman. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Please download and review the ECF Rules and Instructions, located at . .(jgo) (Entered: 10/08/2020)
2020-10-08Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein is so designated. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 636(c) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73(b)(1) parties are notified that they may consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge. Parties who wish to consent may access the necessary form at the following link: . (jgo) (Entered: 10/08/2020)
2020-10-08Case Designated ECF. (jgo) (Entered: 10/08/2020)
2020-10-084ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Department of Defense..(jgo) (Entered: 10/08/2020)
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