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Case TitleLos Angeles Times Communications LLC v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al
DistrictCentral District of California
CityWestern Division - Los Angeles
Case Number2:2020cv10911
Date Filed2020-12-01
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha
PlaintiffLos Angeles Times Communications LLC
Case DescriptionLos Angeles Times Communications filed five FOIA requests with the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning the preparation of an Inspector General's report faulting the agency's operation of immigration detention centers. The newspaper also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged request of the requests but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Los Angeles Times Communications filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - In camera review, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Department of Homeland Security
DefendantOffice of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DefendantU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
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2020-12-011COMPLAINT Receipt No: ACACDC-29289138 - Fee: $402, filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit K, # 12 Exhibit L, # 13 Exhibit M) (Attorney Daniel Aaron Laidman added to party Los Angeles Times Communications LLC(pty:pla))(Laidman, Daniel) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-012CIVIL COVER SHEET filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. (Laidman, Daniel) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-013NOTICE of Interested Parties filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC, (Laidman, Daniel) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-014Request for Clerk to Issue Summons on Certificate/Notice of Interested Parties 3 , Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening), 1 , Civil Cover Sheet (CV-71) 2 filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. (Laidman, Daniel) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-015Notice of Appearance or Withdrawal of Counsel: for attorney Selina Jessie MacLaren counsel for Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. Adding Selina MacLaren as counsel of record for Los Angeles Times Communications LLC for the reason indicated in the G-123 Notice. Filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. (Attorney Selina Jessie MacLaren added to party Los Angeles Times Communications LLC(pty:pla))(MacLaren, Selina) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-016Notice of Appearance or Withdrawal of Counsel: for attorney Kelli L Sager counsel for Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. Adding Kelli L. Sager as counsel of record for Los Angeles Times Communications LLC for the reason indicated in the G-123 Notice. Filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communicaitons LLC. (Attorney Kelli L Sager added to party Los Angeles Times Communications LLC(pty:pla))(Sager, Kelli) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-037NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT to District Judge Stephen V. Wilson and Magistrate Judge Michael R. Wilner. (et) (Entered: 12/03/2020)
2020-12-038NOTICE TO PARTIES OF COURT-DIRECTED ADR PROGRAM filed. (et) (Entered: 12/03/2020)
2020-12-03960 DAY Summons Issued re Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening) 1 as to Defendants Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (et) (Entered: 12/03/2020)
2020-12-0410NEW CASE ORDER upon filing of the complaint by Judge Stephen V. Wilson. (pc) (Entered: 12/04/2020)
2020-12-1711NOTICE of New Case Order filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-New Case Order, # 2 Proof of Service)(Laidman, Daniel) (Entered: 12/17/2020)
2020-12-2912STIPULATION Extending Time to Answer the complaint as to All Defendants, re Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening), 1 filed by Defendants U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.(Attorney Matthew Jimenez Barragan added to party Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security(pty:dft), Attorney Matthew Jimenez Barragan added to party U.S. Department of Homeland Security(pty:dft), Attorney Matthew Jimenez Barragan added to party U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(pty:dft))(Barragan, Matthew) (Entered: 12/29/2020)
2020-12-2913ORDER OF THE CHIEF JUDGE (#20-195) approved by Judge Philip S. Gutierrez. Pursuant to the recommended procedure adopted by the Court for the CREATION OF CALENDAR of Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha, this case is transferred from Judge Stephen V. Wilson to the calendar of Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha for all further proceedings. The case number will now reflect the initials of the transferee Judge 2:20-cv-10911 FLA (MRWx). (mrgo) (Entered: 12/29/2020)
2021-02-0314ANSWER to Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening), 1 filed by Defendant Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.(Attorney Matthew J Smock added to party Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security(pty:dft), Attorney Matthew J Smock added to party U.S. Department of Homeland Security(pty:dft), Attorney Matthew J Smock added to party U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(pty:dft))(Smock, Matthew) (Entered: 02/03/2021)
2021-02-2415INITIAL STANDING ORDER by Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha. (rrey) (Entered: 02/24/2021)
2021-02-2416NOTICE Of Initial Standing Order filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-Initial Standing Order)(Laidman, Daniel) (Entered: 02/24/2021)
2021-02-2417PROOF OF SERVICE filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC, re Notice (Other) 16 of Initial Standing Order served on February 24, 2021. (Laidman, Daniel) (Entered: 02/24/2021)
2021-02-2518NOTICE TO FILER OF DEFICIENCIES in Electronically Filed Documents RE: ATTACHMENT ONLY to Notice (Other)[16-1]. The following error(s) was/were found: Filer attached copy of court order with its active electronic headers intact, thus making current electronic headers to the attachment illegible. In response to this notice, the Court may: (1) order an amended or correct document to be filed; (2) order the document stricken; or (3) take other action as the Court deems appropriate. You need not take any action in response to this notice unless and until the Court directs you to do so. (lc) (Entered: 02/25/2021)
2021-03-1919ORDER SETTING SCHEDULING CONFERENCE by Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha. Scheduling Conference set for 6/11/2021 at 01:00 PM before Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha. (gga) (Entered: 03/19/2021)
2021-04-2820ORDER RE TRANSFER PURSUANT TO GENERAL ORDER 21-01 (Related Case) filed. Transfer of case DECLINED by Judge Otis D. Wright, II, for the reasons set forth on this order. Related Case No. 2:20-cv-03512-ODW (JPRx) (aco) (Entered: 04/28/2021)
2021-05-2821JOINT REPORT Rule 26(f) Discovery Plan ; estimated length of trial 1 day, filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-Schedule of Pretrial and Trial Dates Worksheet)(MacLaren, Selina) (Entered: 05/28/2021)
2021-06-0422TEXT ENTRY (IN CHAMBERS) ORDER TAKING SCHEDULING CONFERENCE UNDER SUBMISSION by Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha: The Court has considered the parties' Joint Rule 26(f) Report with respect to the Scheduling Conference and has concluded that the hearing on June 11, 2021 is not necessary. Accordingly, the Scheduling Conference is taken off calendar and under submission. No appearance by counsel is necessary. A separate order will issue setting the deadlines and dates for this case. THERE IS NO PDF DOCUMENT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ENTRY. (vv) (Entered: 06/04/2021)
2021-06-2423ORDER RE: SCHEDULE OF PRETRIAL AND TRIAL DATES, TRIAL REQUIREMENTS, AND CONDUCT OF ATTORNEYS AND PARTIES by Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha: Final Pretrial Conference set for 2/11/2022 03:00 PM; Motion in Limine set for hearing on 2/11/2022 at 03:00 PM;Bench Trial set for 2/22/2022 08:30 AM (SEE DOCUMENT FOR ALL SPECIFIED DEADLINES). (lc) (Entered: 06/24/2021)
2021-06-2424MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS by Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha: ORDER GRANTING THE PARTIES REQUEST FOR A FURTHER STATUS REPORT DEADLINE AND DENYING PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST FOR ORDERS RELATED TO DEFENDANTS' DOCUMENT PRODUCTION 21 . Havingreviewed the Joint Rule 26(f) Report, the court GRANTS the parties' joint request, in part, and ORDERS the parties to file a further Joint Status Report to the court by July 30, 2021. The parties are ORDERED to continue to meet and confer regarding the scope and pace of Defendants' document production. Failure to produce non-exempt documents in a robust and timely manner may result in the imposition of sanctions. (lc) (Entered: 06/24/2021)
2021-07-3025STATUS REPORT Joint Status Report and Proposed Briefing Schedule filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order Setting Summary Judgment Deadlines)(MacLaren, Selina) (Entered: 07/30/2021)
2021-08-1326NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION for Leave to file First Amended Complaint filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC. Motion set for hearing on 9/10/2021 at 01:30 PM before Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Jie Jenny Zou, # 2 Exhibit A to Declaration of Jie Jenny Zou, # 3 Declaration of Selina MacLaren, # 4 Exhibit B to Declaration of Selina MacLaren, # 5 Exhibit C to Declaration of Selina MacLaren, # 6 Exhibit D to Declaration of Selina MacLaren, # 7 Exhibit E to Declaration of Selina MacLaren, # 8 Exhibit F to Declaration of Selina MacLaren, # 9 Exhibit G to Declaration of Selina MacLaren, # 10 Proposed Order) (Laidman, Daniel) (Entered: 08/13/2021)
2021-08-1927STATEMENT OF NON-OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFFS MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT (ECF NO. 26) filed by Defendants Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement re: NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION for Leave to file First Amended Complaint 26 . (Smock, Matthew) (Entered: 08/19/2021)
2021-09-0128TEXT ENTRY (IN CHAMBERS) ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT 26 by Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha: On August 13, 2021, Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC filed a motion for leave to file a First Amended Complaint ("Motion"). Dkt. 26. On August 19, 2021, Defendants Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed a notice of non-opposition to the Motion. Dkt. 27. Accordingly, the court GRANTS Plaintiffs Motion. Plaintiff is ORDERED to file the First Amended Complaint (Dkt. 26-4) within two (2) days of this order. The hearing on the Motion set for September 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. is hereby VACATED. THERE IS NO PDF DOCUMENT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ENTRY. (vv) (Entered: 09/01/2021)
2021-09-0229First AMENDED COMPLAINT against Defendants All Defendants amending Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening), 1 , filed by Plaintiff Los Angeles Times Communications LLC (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-First FOIA Request, # 2 Exhibit B-Zou Follow-up Correspondence 153 and 175, # 3 Exhibit C-Acknowledgement Letter-153, # 4 Exhibit D-Second FOIA Request, # 5 Exhibit E-Acknowledgement Letter-175, # 6 Exhibit F-Third FOIA Request, # 7 Exhibit G-Acknowledgement Letter 154, # 8 Exhibit H-Fourth FOIA Request, # 9 Exhibit I-Acknowledgement Letter-59244, # 10 Exhibit J-Zou Follow-up Correspondence 59244 and 62076, # 11 Exhibit K-Fifth FOIA Request, # 12 Exhibit L-Correspondence re CBP, # 13 Exhibit M-Acknowledgement Letter-62076, # 14 Exhibit N-Sixth FOIA Request, # 15 Exhibit O-ICE FOIA Administrative Appeals 59229 and 66549, # 16 Exhibit P-ICE Oct 26 2020 Response to Requester re 59229, # 17 Exhibit Q-Zou Piniero Emails, # 18 Exhibit R-April Admin Appeals, # 19 Exhibit S-June 17 2021 Letter, # 20 Exhibit T-Seventh FOIA Request, # 21 Exhibit U-March 12 2021 Letter re 66549, # 22 Exhibit V-June 15 2021 Letter)(Laidman, Daniel) (Entered: 09/02/2021)
2021-09-1630ANSWER to Amended Complaint/Petition,,,, 29 Answer to First Amended Complaint filed by Defendants Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.(Smock, Matthew) (Entered: 09/16/2021)
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