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Case TitleWHITLOCK v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv03246
Date Filed2020-11-10
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
PlaintiffCRAIG WHITLOCK
Case DescriptionCraig Whitlock, an investigative reporter for the Washington Post, submitted more than a dozen FOIA requests to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service for records concerning the Fat Leonard investigation of corruption. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. The agency withheld records under Exemption 5 (privileges) and Exemption 7 (law enforcement records). Whitlock filed administrative appeals of the denials but after hearing further pertaining to his requests, Whitlock filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
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2020-11-101COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-7818367) filed by CRAIG WHITLOCK. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1-10, # 2 Exhibit 11-20, # 3 Exhibit 21-30, # 4 Exhibit 31-40, # 5 Exhibit 41-48, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet, # 7 Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/10/2020)
2020-11-102NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of CRAIG WHITLOCK (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 11/10/2020)
2020-11-12Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (adh, ) (Entered: 11/12/2020)
2020-11-123SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 11/12/2020)
2020-12-214NOTICE of Appearance by Joseph F. Carilli, Jr on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY (Carilli, Joseph) (Entered: 12/21/2020)
2020-12-215ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY.(Carilli, Joseph) (Entered: 12/21/2020)
2020-12-236RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE served on 11/19/2020 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 12/23/2020)
2020-12-237RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY served on 11/19/2020 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 12/23/2020)
2020-12-238RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 11/19/2020. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 12/23/2020)
2020-12-239RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 11/19/2020. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 12/19/2020. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 12/23/2020)
2021-01-08MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for disclosure or briefing motions for summary judgment, on or before 1/22/2021. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 1/8/2021. (jag) (Entered: 01/08/2021)
2021-01-2210Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Carilli, Joseph) (Entered: 01/22/2021)
2021-02-17MINUTE ORDER setting briefing schedule for summary judgment: Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment shall be served on or before 3/26/2021; Plaintiff's Opposition and Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment shall be served on or before 4/26/2021; Defendants' Reply and Cross-Motion Opposition shall be served on or before 5/26/2021; Plaintiff's Cross-Motion Reply shall be served on or before 6/16/2021; briefs shall be filed as a batch within three (3) business days of the service of the last reply brief authorized by this Minute Order, but in any event no later than the Final Filing Deadline of 8/2/2021. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 2/17/2021. (jag) (Entered: 02/17/2021)
2021-03-2611Unopposed MOTION to Hold in Abeyance re Order,,, Set Deadlines,, by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Carilli, Joseph) (Entered: 03/26/2021)
2021-04-05MINUTE ORDER granting 11 Motion to Hold in Abeyance. It is hereby ORDERED that the briefing deadlines in this matter are VACATED, and that on or before 4/26/2021, the parties shall file a joint status report, which shall contain a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 4/5/2021. (jag) (Entered: 04/05/2021)
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