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Case TitleBonner v. Department of Defense
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2021cv01955
Date Filed2021-03-05
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Denise L. Cote
PlaintiffRaymond Bonner
Case DescriptionJournalist Raymond Bonner submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of Defense for records concerning the audio recording of the August 23, 2016 Periodic Review Board hearing concerning Abu Zubayah. Bonner also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests and denied the request for expedited processing. Bonner filed an administrative appeal of the denial of expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency concerning either of his requests, Bonner filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Expedited processing, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDepartment of Defense
DefendantUnited States Department of Defense
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2021-03-051COMPLAINT against Department of Defense. (Filing Fee $ 402.00, Receipt Number ANYSDC-24213335)Document filed by Raymond Bonner. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit PRB FOIA Request, # 2 Exhibit PRB Request Expedited Denial, # 3 Exhibit PRB Request Administrative Appeal, # 4 Exhibit CSRT FOIA Request).(Schulz, David) (Entered: 03/05/2021)
2021-03-052FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT PLEADING - SUMMONS REQUEST PDF ERROR - REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to United States Department of Defense, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Raymond Bonner..(Schulz, David) Modified on 3/8/2021 (dnh). (Entered: 03/05/2021)
2021-03-053CIVIL COVER SHEET filed..(Schulz, David) (Entered: 03/05/2021)
2021-03-08***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING PARTY MODIFICATION. Notice to attorney David A. Schulz. The party information for the following party/parties has been modified: Department of Defense. The information for the party/parties has been modified for the following reason/reasons: party name contained a typographical error. (dnh) (Entered: 03/08/2021)
2021-03-08***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING CIVIL. CASE OPENING STATISTICAL ERROR CORRECTION: Notice to attorney David A. Schulz. The following case opening statistical information was erroneously selected/entered: Fee Status code due (due). The following correction(s) have been made to your case entry: the Fee Status code has been modified to pd (paid). (dnh) (Entered: 03/08/2021)
2021-03-08CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge Denise L. Cote. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Please download and review the ECF Rules and Instructions, located at . .(dnh) (Entered: 03/08/2021)
2021-03-08Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger is so designated. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 636(c) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73(b)(1) parties are notified that they may consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge. Parties who wish to consent may access the necessary form at the following link: . (dnh) (Entered: 03/08/2021)
2021-03-08Case Designated ECF. (dnh) (Entered: 03/08/2021)
2021-03-08***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS. Notice to Attorney David A. Schulz to RE-FILE Document No. 2 Request for Issuance of Summons. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): the PDF attached to the docket entry for the issuance of summons is not correct; the party name listed in the 'To' section of the summons PDF must appear exactly as it does in the pleading caption. Do not abbreviate party names. Re-file the document using the event type Request for Issuance of Summons found under the event list Service of Process - select the correct filer/filers - and attach the correct summons form PDF. (dnh) (Entered: 03/08/2021)
2021-03-084REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to United States Department of Defense, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Raymond Bonner..(Schulz, David) (Entered: 03/08/2021)
2021-03-095ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to United States Department of Defense..(jgo) (Entered: 03/09/2021)
2021-03-106NOTICE OF INITIAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE: This case has been assigned to me for all purposes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the initial pretrial conference will be held telephonically. Prior to the date of the conference, counsel for all parties shall register as filing users in accordance with the Procedures for Electronic Case Filing, and as further set forth in this order. Initial Conference set for 5/6/2021 at 04:00 PM before Judge Denise L. Cote. The parties shall use the following dial-in credentials for the conference. Dial-in: 888-363-4749 Access code: 4324948 The parties shall use a landline if one is available. (Signed by Judge Denise L. Cote on 3/10/2021) (jwh) (Entered: 03/10/2021)
2021-03-317AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE of Summons and Complaint,. United States Department of Defense served on 3/26/2021, answer due 4/16/2021. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by Raymond Bonner..(Schulz, David) (Entered: 03/31/2021)
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