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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv00152
Date Filed2016-01-29
Date Closed2016-05-17
JudgeJudge Tanya S. Chutkan
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for emails sent to or from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff referring to the State Messaging Archive Retrieval Tool. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but 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 STATE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4394680) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons DOS, # 3 Summons US Attorney General, # 4 Summons US Attorney)(Peterson, James) (Entered: 01/29/2016)
2016-01-292LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Peterson, James) (Entered: 01/29/2016)
2016-01-29Case Assigned to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (sth) (Entered: 02/01/2016)
2016-02-013SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 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 2/8/16., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 2/8/2016 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of C. Rotaru)(Peterson, James) (Entered: 02/10/2016)
2016-03-095NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Joseph Berns on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 03/09/2016)
2016-03-096ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 03/09/2016)
2016-03-11MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. The requirements of LCvR 16.3 and Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil procedure appear to be inapplicable. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and propose a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule shall address 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, whether and when either party anticipates filing a dispositive motion, and any other pertinent issues. The parties shall file a joint status report that addresses these issues and that contains a proposed schedule and order not later than 3/28/16. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 3/11/16. (DJS) (Entered: 03/11/2016)
2016-03-14Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 3/28/2016 (zsm) (Entered: 03/14/2016)
2016-03-287Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 03/28/2016)
2016-03-30MINUTE ORDER: Having considered the Status Report filed by the parties, it is hereby ordered that the parties file a second joint status report on May 30, 2016. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 3/30/16.(DJS) (Entered: 03/30/2016)
2016-03-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 5/30/2016 (zsm) (Entered: 03/31/2016)
2016-05-168STIPULATION of Dismissal by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Peterson, James) (Entered: 05/16/2016)
2016-05-179ORDER OF DISMISSAL: In light of the Joint Stipulation of Dismissal filed by the parties 8 , this action is hereby dismissed with prejudice pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(ii). Each party to bear its own costs. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 5/17/16. (DJS) (Entered: 05/17/2016)
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