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Case TitleSTEELE v. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2022cv03604
Date Filed2022-11-30
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Carl J. Nichols
PlaintiffDAVID STEELE
Case DescriptionDavid Steele submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Defense and the CIA for records concerning the reason for why he was denied a security clearance. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests. After hearing anything further from the agencies, Steele filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DefendantDEFENSE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY AGENCY
DefendantMATTHEW M. GRAVES
DefendantJOHN DOES 1-10 Federal Government Employee
DefendantUS ATTORNEY GENERAL
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2022-11-301COMPLAINT against All Defendants DoD, DCSA ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ADCDC-9702823) filed by DAVID STEELE. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Summons DoD, # 4 Summons DCSA, # 5 Summons US Attorney DC, # 6 Summons Attorney General US)(O'Brien, Brett) (Entered: 11/30/2022)
2022-11-302Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order DEFENDANTS by DAVID STEELE. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Declaration, # 4 Certificate of Service)(O'Brien, Brett) (Entered: 11/30/2022)
2022-11-30Case Assigned to Judge Carl J. Nichols. (zmrl) (Entered: 11/30/2022)
2022-11-303SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to All Defendants, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zmrl) (Entered: 11/30/2022)
2022-11-30MINUTE ORDER. Upon review of Plaintiff's 2 Emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, it is ORDERED that the Parties shall appear for a telephonic hearing on December 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM. It is further ORDERED that Plaintiff shall send this Minute Order to Defendants via electronic mail. Signed by Judge Carl J. Nichols on November 30, 2022. (lccjn2) (Entered: 11/30/2022)
2022-12-01Set/Reset Hearings: Telephonic TRO Hearing set for 12/1/2022 at 3:00 PM before Judge Carl J. Nichols. (zkh) (Entered: 12/01/2022)
2022-12-01Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Carl J. Nichols: Telephonic Ex Parte TRO Hearing held on 12/1/2022. Plaintiff's oral argument heard and taken under advisement. (Court Reporter: Timothy Miller) (zkh) (Entered: 12/01/2022)
2022-12-014NOTICE of Appearance by Brian P. Hudak on behalf of DEFENSE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MATTHEW M. GRAVES, US ATTORNEY GENERAL (Hudak, Brian) (Entered: 12/01/2022)
2022-12-015NOTICE of Non-Compliance by DEFENSE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MATTHEW M. GRAVES, US ATTORNEY GENERAL (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A (Emails), # 2 Exhibit B (Deryck, 22-3290 - TRO Denial Order))(Hudak, Brian) (Entered: 12/01/2022)
2022-12-016NOTICE of Appearance by Bradley Silverman on behalf of DEFENSE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MATTHEW M. GRAVES, US ATTORNEY GENERAL (Silverman, Bradley) (Entered: 12/01/2022)
2022-12-017ORDER granting 2 Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order. Signed by Judge Carl J. Nichols on December 1, 2022. (lccjn2) (Entered: 12/01/2022)
2022-12-058MOTION to Vacate 7 Order on Motion for TRO, Set/Reset Deadlines by DEFENSE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MATTHEW M. GRAVES, US ATTORNEY GENERAL. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Ex. A, Directive 5220.6, # 4 Ex. B, Manual 5200.02)(Silverman, Bradley) (Entered: 12/05/2022)
2022-12-05MINUTE ORDER. Upon review of Defendants' 8 Motion to Dissolve TRO, it is ORDERED that Plaintiff shall file a response by 3:00 PM on December 6, 2022. Signed by Judge Carl J. Nichols on December 5, 2022. (lccjn2) (Entered: 12/05/2022)
2022-12-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Plaintiff's Response due by 12/6/202. (zkh) (Entered: 12/06/2022)
2022-12-069ENTERED IN ERROR.....RESPONSE TO ORDER OF THE COURT re Order filed by DAVID STEELE. (O'Brien, Brett) Modified on 12/7/2022 (zjm). (Entered: 12/06/2022)
2022-12-06MINUTE ORDER. It is ORDERED that the Court's December 5, 2022 Minute Order is MODIFIED such that Plaintiff shall file a response to Defendants' 8 Motion to Dissolve TRO by 9:00 AM on December 7, 2022. It is further ORDERED that the Court's 7 Order Granting Emergency Motion for TRO is MODIFIED such that Plaintiff's deadline to respond to the Statement of Reasons is suspended until December 8, 2022, at 5:00 PM. Signed by Judge Carl J. Nichols on December 6, 2022. (lccjn2) (Entered: 12/06/2022)
2022-12-0710Memorandum in opposition to re 8 Motion to Vacate, filed by DAVID STEELE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(O'Brien, Brett) (Entered: 12/07/2022)
2022-12-07MINUTE ORDER. Upon review of Plaintiff's 10 Memorandum in Opposition, it is ORDERED that Defendants shall file a reply by 5:00 PM on December 7, 2022. Signed by Judge Carl J. Nichols on December 7, 2022. (lccjn2) (Entered: 12/07/2022)
2022-12-07NOTICE OF ERROR regarding 9 Response to Order of the Court. The following error(s) need correction: Incorrect format (Letter)- correspondence is not permitted (LCvR 5.1(a)). Please refile. (zjm) (Entered: 12/07/2022)
2022-12-0711ENTERED IN ERROR.....RESPONSE re 8 MOTION to Vacate 7 Order on Motion for TRO, Set/Reset Deadlines filed by DAVID STEELE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(O'Brien, Brett) Modified on 12/13/2022 (ztth). (Entered: 12/07/2022)
2022-12-0712REPLY to opposition to motion re 8 MOTION to Vacate 7 Order on Motion for TRO, Set/Reset Deadlines filed by DEFENSE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MATTHEW M. GRAVES, US ATTORNEY GENERAL. (Silverman, Bradley) (Entered: 12/07/2022)
2022-12-0813ORDER granting 8 Motion to Vacate. Signed by Judge Carl J. Nichols on December 8, 2022. (lccjn2) (Entered: 12/08/2022)
2022-12-13NOTICE OF ERROR regarding 11 Response to motion. The following error(s) need correction: Incorrect format (Letter) - correspondence is not permitted (LCvR 5.1(a)). Please refile. (ztth) (Entered: 12/13/2022)
2023-01-0914Unopposed MOTION to Amend/Correct 1 Complaint, by DAVID STEELE. (Attachments: # 1 Amended Complaint, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(O'Brien, Brett) (Entered: 01/09/2023)
2023-01-12MINUTE ORDER. Upon review of the 14 Consent Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint and to Extend Time, it is ORDERED that the Motion is GRANTED. It is further ORDERED that Defendants shall answer or otherwise respond to the Amended Complaint on or before March 10, 2023. Signed by Judge Carl J. Nichols on January 12, 2023. (lccjn2) (Entered: 01/12/2023)
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