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Case TitleByrne v. National Security Agency et al
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2020cv08433
Date Filed2020-11-30
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley
PlaintiffPeter Byrne
Case DescriptionPeter Byrne, a freelance journalist, submitted a FOIA request to the National Security Agency for records concerning a variety of historical records pertaining to NSA operations. Byrne also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told Byrne that the number of responsive records would be minimal and no fees would be assessed. However, after the agency had not responded two years later, Byrne filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantNational Security Agency
DefendantU.S. Department of Defense
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2020-12-011COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq. against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 402, receipt number 0971-15258180.). 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 12/1/2020) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-012Proposed Summons. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 12/1/2020) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-013Case 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 12/15/2020. (bwS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/1/2020) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-01Electronic filing error . Case has been randomly assigned to judge, however incorrect Civil Cover Sheet CAND 44 (Rev. 07/19) used at case opening. Please complete and re-file as a separate docket entry correct Civil Cover Sheet JS-CAND 44 (Rev. 10/20 re: 1 . 7 Complaint, filed by Peter Byrne (bwS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/1/2020) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-014Civil Cover Sheet filed by Peter Byrne - Correct Civil Cover Sheet JS-CAND 44 (Rev. 10/20 re: 1 . 7 Complaint filed by Peter Byrne . (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 12/1/2020) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-025CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Peter Byrne.. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 12/2/2020) (Entered: 12/02/2020)
2020-12-036Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Joint Case Management Statement due by 2/25/2021. Initial Case Management Conference set for 3/4/2021 at 1:30 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom E, 15th Floor. (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/3/2020) (Entered: 12/03/2020)
2020-12-037Summons Issued as to National Security Agency, U.S. Department of Defense. (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/3/2020) (Entered: 12/03/2020)
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