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Case TitleTempey v. United States Department of Homeland Security
DistrictEastern District of New York
Case Number1:2020cv05212
Date Filed2020-10-29
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Eric N. Vitaliano
PlaintiffNathan Tempey
Case DescriptionNathan Tempey, a freelance investigative journalist, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning a whistleblower's allegation that the agency was not supposed to focus on potential threats posed by white supremist groups. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency responded two years later by disclosing records that heavily redacted under Exemption 5 (privileges) and Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy). Tempey filed an administrative appeal. The agency upheld the agency's Exemption 5 redactions but failed to address the Exemption 6 redactions. Tempey then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Homeland Security
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2020-10-29Case Assigned to Judge Eric N. Vitaliano and Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned Judges, located on our website . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. (Davis, Kimberly) (Entered: 10/29/2020)
2020-10-292In accordance with Rule 73 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rule 73.1, the parties are notified that if all parties consent a United States magistrate judge of this court is available to conduct all proceedings in this civil action including a (jury or nonjury) trial and to order the entry of a final judgment. Attached to the Notice is a blank copy of the consent form that should be filled out, signed and filed electronically only if all parties wish to consent. The form may also be accessed at the following link: . You may withhold your consent without adverse substantive consequences . Do NOT return or file the consent unless all parties have signed the consent. (Davis, Kimberly) (Entered: 10/29/2020)
2020-10-293This attorney case opening filing has been checked for quality control. See the attachment for corrections that were made, if any. (Davis, Kimberly) (Entered: 10/29/2020)
2020-10-294Proposed Summons. Re 1 Complaint, by Nathan Tempey (Lackman, Eleanor) (Entered: 10/29/2020)
2020-10-295Proposed Summons. Re 1 Complaint, by Nathan Tempey (Lackman, Eleanor) (Entered: 10/29/2020)
2020-10-296Proposed Summons. Re 1 Complaint, by Nathan Tempey (Lackman, Eleanor) (Entered: 10/29/2020)
2020-10-296Proposed Summons. Re 1 Complaint, by Nathan Tempey (Lackman, Eleanor) (Entered: 10/29/2020)
2020-11-027NOTICE of Appearance by Eleanor Martine Lackman on behalf of Nathan Tempey (notification declined or already on case) (Lackman, Eleanor) (Entered: 11/02/2020)
2020-11-028NOTICE of Appearance by Timothy Michael Carter on behalf of Nathan Tempey (aty to be noticed) (Carter, Timothy) (Entered: 11/02/2020)
2020-11-109Summons Issued as to United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons) (Davis, Kimberly) (Entered: 11/10/2020)
2020-11-1010Letter to Judge Vitaliano re: Request to Remove and Refile Minimally Redacted Complaint Exhibits by Nathan Tempey (Lackman, Eleanor) Modified on 11/11/2020 (Farrell, Gillian). (Entered: 11/10/2020)
2020-11-11ORDER: The motion 10 is granted. The Complaint 1 is hereby sealed. Plaintiff is directed to make appropriate redactions to the referenced Complaint exhibits and refile the Complaint and redacted exhibits as a separate docket entry. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara on 11/11/2020. (Farrell, Gillian) (Entered: 11/11/2020)
2020-11-1211COMPLAINT against United States Department of Homeland Security filing fee $ 400, receipt number ANYEDC-13673796 Was the Disclosure Statement on Civil Cover Sheet completed -YES,, filed by Nathan Tempey. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Redacted, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Redacted, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4 - Redacted, # 5 Exhibit 5 - Redacted, # 6 Exhibit 6 - Redacted) (Lackman, Eleanor) (Entered: 11/12/2020)
2020-11-1712NOTICE of Appearance by Alex Scott Weinberg on behalf of United States Department of Homeland Security (aty to be noticed) (Weinberg, Alex) (Entered: 11/17/2020)
2020-11-2313SCHEDULING ORDER: An initial/telephone conference will be held on 2/5/2021 at 10:30 AM before Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara. The parties are directed to call the toll-free number 877-336-1274 . The access code is 6534420 . The parties shall dial in five (5) minutes before the 10:30 AM conference. Counsel are directed to complete the attached Discovery Plan Worksheet and electronically file same with the Court no later than two days before 2/5/2021. Should the parties wish to adopt a plan for discovery different from the structure in the discovery worksheet, they may do so only if they file a letter explaining why such a plan is appropriate in this case. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara on 11/23/2020. (Manson, Eddie) (Entered: 11/23/2020)
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