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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2021cv02653
Date Filed2021-10-11
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
Case DescriptionInsider, Inc. submitted two FOIA requests to the General Services Administration for records. The first request asked for records concerning expenditures made from outgoing President Donald Trump's Presidential Transition account. The second request asked for emails between GSA and representatives of former President Trump regarding expenditures from the presidential transition account at GSA. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. The agency responded to both requests by disclosing four PDF files. The agency withheld the names of five employees of the First Lady, citing exemption 6 (invasion of privacy). Insider, Inc. filed an administrative appeal of the denial. GSA upheld the denial. Insider, Inc. also requested similar records about Vice President Pence's transition expenses. The names of employees were also withheld in response to Pence transition expense requests. Insider, Inc. also filed an administrative appeal which was denied by GSA. Insider, Inc. then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2021-10-111COMPLAINT against U.S. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ADCDC-8791530) filed by INSIDER INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex A-J, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 10/11/2021)
2021-10-112NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of INSIDER INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 10/11/2021)
2021-10-113LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by INSIDER INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 10/11/2021)
2021-10-12NOTICE OF ERROR re 3 LCvR 26.1 Certificate of Disclosure - Corporate Affiliations/Financial Interests; emailed to, cc'd 2 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. The disclosure does not state whether there are corporate parents/affiliates or not. Please file an errata correcting the pleading., 2. COMPLIANCE DEADLINE is by close of business today. This case will not proceed any further until all errors are satisfied. (znmg, ) (Entered: 10/12/2021)
2021-10-12Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (znmg) (Entered: 10/12/2021)
2021-10-124SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(znmg) (Entered: 10/12/2021)
2021-10-125ERRATA by INSIDER INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Corrected Corporate Disclosure Statement)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 10/12/2021)
2021-10-136STANDING 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 10/13/2021. (lctnm1) (Entered: 10/13/2021)
2021-11-227NOTICE of Appearance by Daniel Patrick Schaefer on behalf of U.S. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 11/22/2021)
2021-11-228ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION.(Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 11/22/2021)
2021-11-23MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court are a complaint and an answer in this FOIA case. 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 December 30, 2021. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 11/23/2021. (lctnm1) (Entered: 11/23/2021)
2021-11-23Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/30/2021. (ztg) (Entered: 11/23/2021)
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