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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv00151
Date Filed2016-01-29
Date Closed2016-05-06
JudgeJudge Amit P. Mehta
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Defense for names and identifying information of all U.S. servicemen believed to have been held captive by the Cuban government since 1960. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Judicial Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2016-01-291COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4394562) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons DOD, # 3 Summons US Attorney, # 4 Summons US Attorney General)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 01/29/2016)
2016-01-292LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 01/29/2016)
2016-01-29Case Assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. (sth) (Entered: 02/01/2016)
2016-02-013SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 02/01/2016)
2016-02-104RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 2/8/2016. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 3/9/2016.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 02/08/2016., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE served on 2/8/2016 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of C. Rotaru)(Orfanedes, Paul) (Entered: 02/10/2016)
2016-03-095ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.(Nebeker, William) (Entered: 03/09/2016)
2016-03-106ORDER. Both a complaint and an answer are now before the court in this FOIA case. The parties are directed to meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report on or before April 8, 2016, which addresses, among other things: (1) the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request; (2) the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request; (3) the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff; (4) whether a motion for stay is likely under Open America v. Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 547 F.2d 605 (D.C. Cir. 1976); and (5) whether the parties anticipate summary judgment briefing and, if so, a proposed briefing schedule. Please see the attached Order for additional details. Signed by Amit P. Mehta on 03/10/2016. (lcapm2) (Entered: 03/10/2016)
2016-03-10Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Joint Status Report due by 4/8/2016. (zcdw) (Entered: 03/11/2016)
2016-04-047NOTICE of Appearance by Lauren M. Burke on behalf of JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 04/04/2016)
2016-04-058Joint STATUS REPORT by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Burke, Lauren) (Entered: 04/05/2016)
2016-04-06MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 8 the parties' April 5, 2016, Joint Status Report, the court orders the parties to file another Joint Status Report, on or before May 5, 2016, which advises the court about the parties' efforts to resolve this dispute and informs the court whether additional action by the court will be necessary. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 04/06/2016. (lcapm2) (Entered: 04/06/2016)
2016-04-06Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings: Joint Status Report due by 5/5/2016. (cdw) (Entered: 04/06/2016)
2016-05-059NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal by All Defendants (Nebeker, William) (Entered: 05/05/2016)
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