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Case TitleFIRST LOOK MEDIA WORKS, INC. et al v. U.S. AGENCY FOR GLOBAL MEDIA
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv03499
Date Filed2020-12-01
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Timothy J. Kelly
PlaintiffFIRST LOOK MEDIA WORKS, INC.
TERMINATED: 01/07/2021
PlaintiffLEE FANG
PlaintiffFIRST LOOK INSTITUTE, INC.
Case DescriptionLee Fang, a reporter for The Intercept, submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Agency for Global Media for records concerning the politicization of the agency by its recently appointed director, Michael Pack. Fang also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, First Look Media Works and Fang filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. AGENCY FOR GLOBAL MEDIA
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2020-12-011COMPLAINT against U.S. AGENCY FOR GLOBAL MEDIA ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ADCDC-7901719) filed by FIRST LOOK MEDIA WORKS, INC., LEE FANG. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A to Complaint, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons, # 6 Summons)(Braverman, Burt) (Attachment 2 replaced on 12/16/2020) (adh, ). (Entered: 12/01/2020)
2020-12-02Case Assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly. (adh, ) (Entered: 12/02/2020)
2020-12-022SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. AGENCY FOR GLOBAL MEDIA, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 12/02/2020)
2020-12-163RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 12/08/2020. (Braverman, Burt) (Entered: 12/16/2020)
2020-12-164RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 12/2/2020. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 1/1/2021. (Braverman, Burt); Modified text and date of service on 12/17/2020 (ztth). (Entered: 12/16/2020)
2020-12-285NOTICE of Appearance by Kathleene A. Molen on behalf of All Defendants (Molen, Kathleene) (Entered: 12/28/2020)
2020-12-316ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. AGENCY FOR GLOBAL MEDIA.(Molen, Kathleene) (Entered: 12/31/2020)
2021-01-057Consent MOTION to Amend/Correct Complaint by LEE FANG, FIRST LOOK MEDIA WORKS, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of David S. Bralow, # 2 Exhibit A to Bralow Declaration, # 3 Amended Complaint, # 4 Amended Complaint (redlined), # 5 Text of Proposed Order)(Braverman, Burt) (Entered: 01/05/2021)
2021-01-07MINUTE ORDER granting Plaintiffs' Consent 7 Motion to Amend Complaint as a Matter of Course. It is hereby ORDERED that the 7 Motion is granted and the Clerk of Court is directed to file on the docket the Plaintiffs Amended Complaint, ECF No. 7-3. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 1/7/2021. (lctjk2) (Entered: 01/07/2021)
2021-01-078AMENDED COMPLAINT against U.S. AGENCY FOR GLOBAL MEDIA filed by LEE FANG, FIRST LOOK INSTITUTE, INC. (ztth); Modified text on 1/8/2021 (ztth). (Entered: 01/07/2021)
2021-01-139Amended ANSWER to 8 Amended Complaint by U.S. AGENCY FOR GLOBAL MEDIA.(Molen, Kathleene) (Entered: 01/13/2021)
2021-01-14MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by February 20, 2021. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 1/14/2021. (lctjk2) (Entered: 01/14/2021)
2021-01-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 2/20/2021. (zkh) (Entered: 01/15/2021)
2021-01-1510LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by FIRST LOOK INSTITUTE, INC. (Braverman, Burt) (Entered: 01/15/2021)
2021-01-2111MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Thomas R. Burke, Filing fee $ 100, receipt number ADCDC-8105468. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by LEE FANG, FIRST LOOK INSTITUTE, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Thomas R. Burke, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Braverman, Burt) (Entered: 01/21/2021)
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