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Case TitleCATHOLICVOTE CIVIC ACTION et al v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2023cv01166
Date Filed2023-04-27
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffCATHOLICVOTE CIVIC ACTION
PlaintiffJUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionCatholicVote Civic Action and Judicial Watch submitted four FOIA requests to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for records concerning communications of named FBI officials referencing any words on a specific list of keywords. Although the requests were sent to a junk folder, once the FBI learned of their existence, they acknowledged their receipt. The FBI consolidated three requests. CatholicVote then submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of Justice for similar records. DOJ acknowledged receipt of the requests and told CatholicVote that it was aggregating the requests by subject matter. After hearing nothing further from the agencies, CatholicVote filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2023-04-271COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ADCDC-10028711) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons Federal Bureau of Investigations, # 3 Summons U.S. Department of Justice, # 4 Summons U.S. Attorney General, # 5 Summons U.S. Attorney)(Di Liberto, Meredith) (Entered: 04/27/2023)
2023-04-272LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Di Liberto, Meredith) (Entered: 04/27/2023)
2023-04-27Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zljn) (Entered: 04/27/2023)
2023-04-273SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to All Defendants, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zljn) (Entered: 04/27/2023)
2023-05-104RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 5/4/2023. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 6/3/2023.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 5/10/2023., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. All Defendants (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Brooke Paz)(Di Liberto, Meredith) (Entered: 05/10/2023)
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