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Case TitleLEOPOLD et al v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv03651
Date Filed2020-12-14
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffJASON LEOPOLD
PlaintiffBUZZFEED INC.
Case DescriptionBuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for communications concerning the 2020 Presidential election and its results. Leopold also requested expedited processing. The agency granted Leopold's request for expedited processing. The agency told Leopold that his request qualified for unusual circumstances. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Leopold filed suit.
Complaint issues: Adequacy - Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2020-12-141COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ADCDC-7954121) filed by JASON LEOPOLD, BUZZFEED INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 12/14/2020)
2020-12-142NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED INC., JASON LEOPOLD (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 12/14/2020)
2020-12-143LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 12/14/2020)
2020-12-14Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (adh, ) (Entered: 12/14/2020)
2020-12-144STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 12/14/2020. (lctnm1) (Entered: 12/14/2020)
2020-12-155SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (zmd) (Entered: 12/15/2020)
2021-02-106NOTICE of Appearance by Marcia Kay Sowles on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 02/10/2021)
2021-02-107ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 02/10/2021)
2021-02-11MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court are a complaint and an answer in this FOIA case. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule should address, among other things, the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, and a briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if required. The parties shall file the schedule on or before March 8, 2021. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 2/11/2021. (lctnm1) (Entered: 02/11/2021)
2021-02-11Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 3/8/2021. (hmc) (Entered: 02/11/2021)
2021-02-158RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 1/11/2021 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/15/2021)
2021-02-159RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 1/11/2021. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/15/2021)
2021-02-1510RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 1/11/2021. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 2/10/2021. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/15/2021)
2021-03-0811Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 03/08/2021)
2021-03-08MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before April 7, 2021, addressing the status of Defendant's search and recommending further proceedings. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 3/8/2021. (lctnm1) (Entered: 03/08/2021)
2021-03-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 4/7/2021. (hmc) (Entered: 03/09/2021)
2021-04-0712Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 04/07/2021)
2021-04-07MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 12 Joint Status Report, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before May 6, 2021, addressing the status of Defendant's search and recommending further proceedings. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 4/7/2021. (lctnm1) (Entered: 04/07/2021)
2021-04-07Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 5/6/2021. (hmc) (Entered: 04/07/2021)
2021-05-0613Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 05/06/2021)
2021-05-06MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before June 8, 2021, addressing the status of Defendant's search and recommending further proceedings. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 5/6/2021. (lctnm1) (Entered: 05/06/2021)
2021-05-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/8/2021. (hmc) (Entered: 05/06/2021)
2021-06-0814Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 06/08/2021)
2021-06-08MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 14 Joint Status Report, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before August 9, 2021, addressing the status of Defendants processing and recommending further proceedings. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 6/8/2021. (lctnm1) (Entered: 06/08/2021)
2021-06-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/9/2021. (ztg) (Entered: 06/09/2021)
2021-08-0615Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 08/06/2021)
2021-08-06MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the 15 Joint Status Report, the parties shall submit a further Joint Status Report on or before October 7, 2021, addressing the status of Defendant's processing and recommending further proceedings. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 8/6/2021. (lctnm1) (Entered: 08/06/2021)
2021-08-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/7/2021. (zhmc) (Entered: 08/09/2021)
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