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Case TitleByrne v. U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control et al
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2020cv07478
Date Filed2020-10-23
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley
PlaintiffPeter Byrne
Case DescriptionPeter Byrne, a free-lance journalist, submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Department of Treasury for records concerning the sale of a stake in the Russian-owned oil company Roseneft to Qatar. Byrne also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency initially denied Byrne's fee waiver request but decided to include him in the news media category. However, the agency denied his request for expedited processing. Byrne filed an administrative appeal of the denial of expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Byrne filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control
DefendantU.S. Department of the Treasury
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2020-10-231COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq. against U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-15108051.). Filed byPeter Byrne. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Civil Cover Sheet)(Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 10/23/2020) (Entered: 10/23/2020)
2020-10-232Proposed Summons. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 10/23/2020) (Entered: 10/23/2020)
2020-10-263Case 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 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 11/9/2020. (mbcS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/26/2020) (Entered: 10/26/2020)
2020-10-274Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 1/21/2020. Initial Case Management Conference set for 1/28/2021 01:30 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom E, 15th Floor. (hdjS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/27/2020) (Entered: 10/27/2020)
2020-10-275Summons Issued as to U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (hdjS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/27/2020) (Entered: 10/27/2020)
2020-11-116CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Peter Byrne.. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 11/11/2020) (Entered: 11/11/2020)
2020-11-167CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control.. (Wolinsky, Benjamin) (Filed on 11/16/2020) (Entered: 11/16/2020)
2020-11-258ANSWER to Complaint byU.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control. (Wolinsky, Benjamin) (Filed on 11/25/2020) (Entered: 11/25/2020)
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