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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2024cv00111
Date Filed2024-01-11
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Reggie B. Walton
PlaintiffJOSEPH E. SCHMITZ Honorable
Case DescriptionJoseph Schmitz submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Defense for records concerning emails from Sally Donnelly, a former senior advisor to former Defense Secretary James Mattis, concerning a variety of people and issues. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency disclosed 86 heavily redacted pages. Later, the agency released 126 heavily redacted pages, citing Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy). Schmitz then filed suit, claiming the agency had a policy or practice of routinely redacting personal information for lower-level employees.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2024-01-111COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ( Filing fee $ 405 receipt number ADCDC-10613485) filed by JOSEPH E. SCHMITZ. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Civil Cover Sheet)(Beelaert, Jeffrey) (Entered: 01/11/2024)
2024-01-12Case Assigned to Judge Reggie B. Walton. (zcb) (Entered: 01/12/2024)
2024-01-172REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE filed by JOSEPH E. SCHMITZ. (Attachments: # 1 Summons DC US Attorney, # 2 Summons US Attorney General)(Beelaert, Jeffrey) (Entered: 01/17/2024)
2024-01-183SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(ztth) (Entered: 01/18/2024)
2024-02-224NOTICE of Appearance by Fithawi Berhane on behalf of All Defendants (Berhane, Fithawi) (Entered: 02/22/2024)
2024-02-225Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to by DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Berhane, Fithawi) (Entered: 02/22/2024)
2024-02-266GENERAL ORDER FOR CIVIL CASES BEFORE THE HONORABLE REGGIE B. WALTON. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on February 26, 2024. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 02/26/2024)
2024-02-26MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the defendant's 5 Motion for Extension of Time to Respond, and for good cause shown, it is hereby ORDERED that the defendant's 5 Motion for Extension of Time to Respond is GRANTED. It is further ORDERED that, on or before March 25, 2024, the defendant shall file its answer or otherwise respond to the plaintiff's Complaint. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on February 26, 2024. (lcrbw1) (Entered: 02/26/2024)
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