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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2023cv03096
Date Filed2023-10-17
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Royce C. Lamberth
Case DescriptionShorelight, a company that works with universities to grow their body of international students, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning non-immigrant visa refusal statistics by post and nationality for FY 22 and FY 23. Shorelight also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and granted Shorelight expedited processing. Because Shorelight had heard nothing further from the agency concerning the grant of expedited processing, Shorelight filed an administrative appeal. The agency indicated there was nothing to appeal. Shorelight then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Expedited processing, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2023-10-171COMPLAINT against All Plaintiffs ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ADCDC-10422993) 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 Summons State Department, # 8 Summons U.S. Attorney, # 9 Summons DOJ AG)(Fresco, Leon) (Attachment 1 replaced on 10/17/2023) (zdp). (Entered: 10/17/2023)
2023-10-17Case Assigned to Judge Royce C. Lamberth. (zdp) (Entered: 10/17/2023)
2023-10-172SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to All Defendants, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zdp) (Entered: 10/17/2023)
2023-10-243RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 10/17/2023. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 11/16/2023. (Fresco, Leon) (Entered: 10/24/2023)
2023-11-064NOTICE of Appearance by Brenda A. Gonzalez Horowitz on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF STATE (Gonzalez Horowitz, Brenda) (Entered: 11/06/2023)
2023-11-155Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response to Plaintiff's Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF STATE. (Gonzalez Horowitz, Brenda) (Entered: 11/15/2023)
2023-11-176ORDER granting Motion 5 for Extension of Time to Respond. Answer due by 12/18/2023. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 11/16/2023. (lcrcl2) (Entered: 11/17/2023)
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