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Case TitleHay v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
DistrictEastern District of Tennessee
Case Number3:2024cv00035
Date Filed2024-01-31
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeDistrict Judge Katherine A Crytzer
PlaintiffJennifer Hay
Case DescriptionJennifer Hay, an investigative reporter, submitted two FOIA requests to the FBI. Her first request was for records relating to the investigation and indictment of a now deceased individual in the alleged arson of the Planned Parenthood facility in Knoxville, TN. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but denied the request under Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy) and Exemption 7 (C) (invasion of privacy concerning law enforcement records). Hay filed an administrative appeal with the Office of Information Policy. OIP upheld the FBI's decision. Hay then filed a second FOIA request for the federal investigation of the alleged arson. This time, the FBI told Hay the records were available in the FBI online Vault. However, even after the agency agreed to disclose the records, Hay still heard nothing from the agency and filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantFederal Bureau of Investigation
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2024-01-311COMPLAINT against Federal Bureau of Investigation ( Filing fee $ 405 receipt number ATNEDC-5583028.), filed by Jennifer Hay. (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(Strachn, Adam) (Entered: 01/31/2024)
2024-01-31District Judge Katherine A Crytzer and Magistrate Judge Jill E McCook added. (CNC) (Entered: 02/01/2024)
2024-02-012Order Governing Depositions. Signed by District Judge Katherine A Crytzer on 2/1/24. (CNC) (Entered: 02/01/2024)
2024-02-013Order Governing Motions To Dismiss. Signed by District Judge Katherine A Crytzer on 2/1/24. (CNC) (Entered: 02/01/2024)
2024-02-014Order Governing Sealing Confidential Information. Signed by District Judge Katherine A Crytzer on 2/1/24. (CNC) (Entered: 02/01/2024)
2024-02-015Summons Issued as to Federal Bureau of Investigation (CNC) (Entered: 02/01/2024)
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