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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2022cv02878
Date Filed2022-09-21
Date Closed2022-11-29
JudgeJudge Tanya S. Chutkan
Case DescriptionShorelight, LLC, a company that works with universities to attract international students, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning F-1 student visa non-immigrant refusal statistics by post and nationality for Fiscal Years 2021- 2022. Shorelight also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency denied Shorelight's request for expedited processing. Shorelight filed an administrative appeal of the denial of expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Shorelight filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2022-09-211COMPLAINT against All Plaintiffs ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ADCDC-9541006) filed by SHORELIGHT, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit B, # 4 Exhibit C, # 5 Exhibit D, # 6 Exhibit E, # 7 Exhibit F, # 8 Summons US ATTY, # 9 Summons DOJ AG, # 10 Summons State Department)(Fresco, Leon) (Entered: 09/21/2022)
2022-09-22Case Assigned to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (zsb) (Entered: 09/22/2022)
2022-09-262SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 09/26/2022)
2022-10-063RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/30/2022. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/30/2022. (Fresco, Leon) (Entered: 10/06/2022)
2022-10-314ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE.(Simon, Jeremy) (Entered: 10/31/2022)
2022-11-01MINUTE 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 no later than January 10, 2022. The joint status report shall be accompanied by a proposed order. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 11/1/2022. (lcss) (Entered: 11/01/2022)
2022-11-01Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 1/10/2023. (tb) (Entered: 11/01/2022)
2022-11-285STIPULATION of Dismissal by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Simon, Jeremy) (Entered: 11/28/2022)
2022-11-29MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 5 Joint Stipulation of Dismissal, it is hereby ordered that this action is dismissed with prejudice, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(ii), with each party to bear its own costs, expenses, and fees. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 11/29/22. (lcss) (Entered: 11/29/2022)
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