Case: Buzzfeed Inc. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

1:18-cv-01501 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: June 25, 2018

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

On June 25, 2018, Buzzfeed and Loevy & Loevy brought this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The plaintiffs sought to shed light on ICE’s use and review of solitary confinement for individuals in its custody, citing ICE policy which requires additional oversight of decisions to hold detainees in segregation for over 14 days. Earlier, in October 2017, ICE approved the p…

On June 25, 2018, Buzzfeed and Loevy & Loevy brought this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The plaintiffs sought to shed light on ICE’s use and review of solitary confinement for individuals in its custody, citing ICE policy which requires additional oversight of decisions to hold detainees in segregation for over 14 days. Earlier, in October 2017, ICE approved the plaintiffs' expedited processing for its FOIA request filed in September 2017. Over the next several months, ICE failed to produce any documents and provide a future date for their production as required by law. In March 2018, Buzzfeed filed an administrative appeal to DHS regarding ICE’s failure to produce documents within a reasonable time frame. In April 2018, DHS responded that the request was pending but declined to provide an estimated document production date. This suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

The plaintiffs sought written notices sent to ICE field office directors documenting instances when an ICE detainee was held continuously in segregation for over 14 days, as well as reviews of those notices which were to be completed every 14 days per ICE policy. The complaint noted that, according to UN experts, holding individuals in solitary confinement for over 15 days may constitute torture and lead to irreversible psychological damage.

On August 2, 2018, the defendants filed an answer to the plaintiffs' complaint admitting that it had not produced any documents in response to the FOIA request. On September 19, 2018, the defendants informed the court that it had identified over 8,100 documents responsive to the request and proposed a processing and production schedule of 400 pages per month to be completed in May 2020. The plaintiffs objected to ICE's proposed completion date as it was 3 years past the date the request was made and proposed a 90 day schedule to the court.

On October 4, 2018, Judge Jackson ordered ICE to file a supplemental declaration with the court explaining its FOIA-processing capacity and the reason for delay in this case. In an answer filed on October 16, 2018, ICE stated that the plaintiffs' expedited processing request was made in error, and that ICE FOIA's office has an especially heavy workload this year, among other things.

In a minute order filed on October 22, 2018, the court found that while it does not dispute ICE’s reasons for delay in this case, the “instant request qualifies for special treatment given its declared expedited processing status, and the agency’s considerable and unexplained delay in producing any records in this matter.” As such, the court ordered ICE to provide 8,100 pages of documents at the rate of 1000 pages per month, to be completed on or before August 1, 2019. The court further ordered ICE to produce the first batch of documents on or before December 1, 2019, and to file a status report 60 days after the first production and every 60 days thereafter.

Following this order, the parties filed a series of status reports. In status reports filed on February 25, 2019, April 24, 2019, the parties stated the number of produced documents and plans for future document production, among other things.

In the status report filed on August 26, 2019, the parties proposed the schedule for cross-motions for summary judgment. On November 26, 2019, DHS the parties filed a joint consent motion to stay summary judgment briefing. On December 5, 2019, the court granted this motion and ordered parties to file regular status reports indicating, among other things, whether further litigation will be necessary.

After Judge Jackson’s elevation to the D.C. Circuit in June 2021, the case was reassigned to Judge Florence Y. Pan. As of March 25, 2022, the parties continue to regular submit joint status reports with the court and the case is ongoing.

 

Summary Authors

Veronica Portillo Heap (10/4/2018)

Bogyung Lim (6/7/2020)

Rachel Harrington (3/25/2022)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/7272334/parties/buzzfeed-inc-v-us-immigration-customs-enforcement/


Judge(s)

Jackson, Ketanji Brown (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Schafer, Matthew (New York)

Topic, Matthew Vincent (Illinois)

Wayne, Merrick Jason (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hendry, Melanie Dyani (District of Columbia)

Moustakas, John (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Jackson, Ketanji Brown (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Schafer, Matthew (New York)

Topic, Matthew Vincent (Illinois)

Wayne, Merrick Jason (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hendry, Melanie Dyani (District of Columbia)

Moustakas, John (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Buzzfeed v. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

April 28, 2020 Docket
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Complaint

Buzzfeed v. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

June 25, 2018 Complaint

Resources

Title Description External URL

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/7272334/buzzfeed-inc-v-us-immigration-customs-enforcement/

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

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COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5553645) filed by BUZZFEED INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit D, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Summons Summons)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 06/25/2018)

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4 Exhibit Exhibit D

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5 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet

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6 Summons Summons

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June 25, 2018 Clearinghouse
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NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Topic on behalf of BUZZFEED INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 06/25/2018)

June 25, 2018 PACER

Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (zsth)

June 25, 2018 PACER
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SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsth) (Entered: 06/26/2018)

June 26, 2018 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew Lynn Schafer on behalf of BUZZFEED INC. (Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 07/11/2018)

July 11, 2018 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 7/3/2018 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/18/2018)

July 18, 2018 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT served on 7/13/2018 (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/18/2018)

July 18, 2018 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 7/9/2018. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/18/2018)

July 18, 2018 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/5/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/4/2018. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 07/18/2018)

July 18, 2018 PACER
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ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT.(Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 08/02/2018)

Aug. 2, 2018 RECAP
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GENERAL ORDER AND GUIDELINES APPLICABLE TO FOIA CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON. The Court will hold the parties and counsel responsible for following these directives, and parties and counsel should pay particular attention to the Courts instructions for processing and production of records, batching motions, and filing exhibits. Failure to adhere to this Order may, when appropriate, result the imposition of sanctions and/or sua sponte denial of non-conforming motions. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 9/4/2018. (lckbj1) (Main Document 10 replaced on 9/5/2018) (zhs). (Entered: 09/04/2018)

Sept. 4, 2018 RECAP

MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall review this Courts 10 General Order and Guidelines Applicable to FOIA Cases, and promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for disclosure or briefing motions for summary judgment, on or before 9/18/2018. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 09/04/2018. (lckbj1)

Sept. 4, 2018 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 9/18/2018 (tj)

Sept. 6, 2018 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT Concerning Proposed Schedule by BUZZFEED INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 09/18/2018)

Sept. 18, 2018 RECAP

MINUTE ORDER setting a Telephone Conference for 10/4/2018 at 11:00 AM in Chambers before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Counsel will be provided dial-in information by e-mail. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 09/19/2018. (lckbj1)

Sept. 19, 2018 PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: Telephone Conference held in chambers on 10/4/2018. (Court Reporter Sara Wick) (gdf)

Oct. 4, 2018 PACER
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ORDER. On or before October 16, 2018, Defendant ICE shall file a supplemental memorandum that addresses the agency's FOIA-processing capacity and the reason for the delay in this case. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 10/4/18. (lckbj3) (Entered: 10/04/2018)

Oct. 4, 2018 RECAP

Set/Reset Deadlines: Supplemental Memorandum due by 10/16/2018. (gdf)

Oct. 4, 2018 PACER
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RESPONSE TO ORDER OF THE COURT re 12 Order, Declaration of ICE FOIA Officer Catrina Pavlik-Keenan filed by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 10/16/2018)

Oct. 16, 2018 RECAP
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MOTION for Leave to File Response to Defendant's Declaration Regarding Production Schedule by BUZZFEED INC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Response to Declaration)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 10/19/2018)

Oct. 19, 2018 PACER

MINUTE ORDER granting 14 Motion for Leave to File Response to Defendant's Declaration Regarding Production Schedule. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 10/19/2018. (lckbj1)

Oct. 19, 2018 PACER
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RESPONSE to Defendant's Declaration Regarding Production Schedule filed by BUZZFEED INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 10/19/2018)

Oct. 19, 2018 RECAP

MINUTE ORDER. The Court has reviewed ICEs declaration 13, and while it has no reason to question the comprehensive description of ICEs current processing capacity with respect to an ordinary request (see Paragraph 18 (explaining that, given the number of employees who are working on FOIA requests and the number of pending requests, the agency cannot produce more than 500 pages per month in each case)), the declaration does not address the fact that the instant request qualifies for special treatment given its declared expedited processing status, and the agencys considerable and unexplained delay in producing ANY records in this matter, particularly in light of its purported first-in, first-out approach to managing backlogged requests. (See Paragraph 17.) The fact that the agency may have granted this request for expedited processing in error is irrelevant; the request at issue has been delegated as such. Moreover, because this case involves a request that was submitted at the end of FY 2017, and the parties have now entered FY 2019 without any records having been produced, the agency will need to shift resources to address the pending request at a faster rate than it is handling other matters. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that ICE process the approximately 8,100 pages of responsive records at a rate of 1,000 pages per month, to be completed on or before August 1, 2019. It is further ORDERED that the first monthly production must occur on or before December 1, 2018, and that the parties shall file a status report 60 days after the first production and every 60 days thereafter. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 10/22/2018. (lckbj3)

Oct. 22, 2018 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. On October 22, 2018, this Court entered a minute order requiring ICE to process records at a rate of 1,000 pages per month, with the first production to take place on or before December 1, 2018. (See Minute Order of October 22, 2018.) The Court further ordered the parties to "file a status report 60 days after the first production and every 60 days thereafter." (See id.) The first of these joint status reports should have been filed no later than February 1, 2019, but, to date, the parties have not done so. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a joint status report on or before February 25, 2019. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 2/13/19. (lckbj3)

Feb. 13, 2019 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 2/25/2019. (gdf)

Feb. 13, 2019 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 02/25/2019)

Feb. 25, 2019 RECAP
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NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE as to BUZZFEED INC.. Attorney Matthew Lynn Schafer terminated. (Schafer, Matthew) (Entered: 02/28/2019)

Feb. 28, 2019 PACER

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March 13, 2019 PACER

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March 13, 2019 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 16 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further joint status report on or before 4/26/2019, and every 60 days thereafter, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 3/13/2019. (lckbj1)

March 13, 2019 PACER
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LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by BUZZFEED INC. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 03/25/2019)

March 25, 2019 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 04/24/2019)

April 24, 2019 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 06/26/2019)

June 26, 2019 PACER

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June 26, 2019 PACER

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June 26, 2019 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 20 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 8/26/2019, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 6/26/2019. (lckbj1)

June 26, 2019 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Merrick Jason Wayne on behalf of BUZZFEED INC. (Wayne, Merrick) (Entered: 08/06/2019)

Aug. 6, 2019 PACER
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NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by John Moustakas on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT Substituting for attorney Melanie Hendry (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 08/07/2019)

Aug. 7, 2019 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 08/26/2019)

Aug. 26, 2019 PACER

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Aug. 27, 2019 PACER

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Aug. 27, 2019 PACER

MINUTE ORDER adopting the parties' proposed briefing schedule. It is hereby ORDERED that the following deadlines are set for briefing summary judgment: Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment shall be served on or before 11/26/2019; Plaintiff's Opposition and Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment shall be served on or before 1/7/2020; Defendant's Reply and Cross-Motion Opposition shall be served on or before 1/28/2020; Plaintiff's Cross-Motion Reply shall be served on or before 2/18/2020; briefs shall be filed as a batch within three (3) business days of the service of the last reply brief authorized by this Minute Order, but in any event no later than the Final Filing Deadline of 3/24/2020. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 8/27/2019. (lckbj1)

Aug. 27, 2019 PACER
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Consent MOTION to Stay Summary Judgment Briefing by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 11/26/2019)

Nov. 26, 2019 RECAP

Set/Reset Deadlines

Dec. 5, 2019 PACER

Order on Motion to Stay

Dec. 5, 2019 PACER

MINUTE ORDER granting 24 Motion to Stay Summary Judgment Briefing. It is hereby ORDERED that the summary judgment deadlines that this Court previous set are STAYED, and that, on or before 1/6/2020, the parties shall file a joint status report that indicates whether further litigation will be necessary and, if so, whether any updated need to be made to the briefing schedule they propose in their 24 Motion. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 12/5/2019. (jag)

Dec. 5, 2019 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 01/06/2020)

Jan. 6, 2020 PACER

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Jan. 7, 2020 PACER

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Jan. 7, 2020 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 25 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 1/20/2020, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 1/7/2020. (jag)

Jan. 7, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 01/21/2020)

Jan. 21, 2020 PACER

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Jan. 27, 2020 PACER

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MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 26 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 2/20/2020, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 1/27/2020. (jag)

Jan. 27, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 02/20/2020)

Feb. 20, 2020 PACER

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Feb. 25, 2020 PACER

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Feb. 25, 2020 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 27 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 3/20/2020, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 2/25/2020. (jag)

Feb. 25, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 03/20/2020)

March 20, 2020 RECAP

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March 24, 2020 PACER

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March 24, 2020 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 28 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 4/24/2020, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 3/24/2020. (jag)

March 24, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 04/24/2020)

April 24, 2020 PACER

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April 28, 2020 PACER

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April 28, 2020 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 29 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 6/24/2020, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 4/28/2020. (jag)

April 28, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 06/24/2020)

June 24, 2020 PACER
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ENTERED IN ERROR.....MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (Moustakas, John) Modified on 6/25/2020 (zjf). (Entered: 06/24/2020)

June 24, 2020 PACER

NOTICE OF CORRECTED DOCKET ENTRY: Document No. re 31 MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer was entered in error and refiled in the correct case by counsel. (zjf)

June 25, 2020 PACER

Notice of Corrected Docket Entry

June 25, 2020 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 30 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 8/24/2020, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 6/29/2020. (jag)

June 29, 2020 PACER

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June 29, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED, INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 08/24/2020)

Aug. 24, 2020 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 32 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 10/5/2020, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 8/27/2020. (jag)

Aug. 27, 2020 PACER

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 10/05/2020)

Oct. 5, 2020 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 33 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 12/4/2020, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 11/6/2020. (jag)

Nov. 6, 2020 PACER

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Consent STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 12/04/2020)

Dec. 4, 2020 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 34 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 2/4/2021, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 12/11/2020. (jag)

Dec. 11, 2020 PACER

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 02/04/2021)

Feb. 4, 2021 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 35 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 4/5/2021, the parties shall file a further joint status report, which shall include a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 2/11/2021. (jag)

Feb. 11, 2021 PACER

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 04/05/2021)

April 5, 2021 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 36 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 6/7/2021, the parties shall file further joint status report, which shall contain a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 4/27/2021. (jag) Modified on 4/27/2021 (jag, ).

April 27, 2021 PACER

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Joint STATUS REPORT by BUZZFEED, INC.. (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 06/07/2021)

June 7, 2021 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 37 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that, on or before 9/7/2021, the parties shall file further joint status report, which shall contain a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 6/17/2021. (jag)

June 17, 2021 PACER

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June 17, 2021 PACER

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been elevated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is therefore no longer assigned to this case, and this matter has been reassigned to the Calendar Committee, which will oversee it until it is assigned to another district judge. Any questions should be directed to Judge Jackson's former deputy clerk, Gwendolyn Franklin, at 202-354-3145 or gwen_franklin@dcd.uscourts.gov. (rj)

June 22, 2021 PACER

Notice (Other)

June 22, 2021 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 09/07/2021)

Sept. 7, 2021 PACER

MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 38 Joint Status Report, the parties to submit a joint status report by December 6, 2021. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on September 8, 2021. (lcbah1)

Sept. 8, 2021 PACER

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Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/6/2021. (zgdf)

Sept. 9, 2021 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

Sept. 9, 2021 PACER

Case directly reassigned to Judge Florence Y. Pan. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been appointed to the D.C. Circuit and is no longer assigned to the case. (ztnr)

Oct. 1, 2021 PACER

Case Assigned/Reassigned

Oct. 1, 2021 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Moustakas, John) (Entered: 12/07/2021)

Dec. 7, 2021 PACER

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Special Collection(s):

Trump Administration FOIA cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 25, 2018

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Buzzfeed, Inc., an American internet media and news company.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Public (for-profit) corporation

Attorney Organizations:

Loevy & Loevy

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Washington, D.C., District of Columbia), Federal

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Washington, D.C., District of Columbia), Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Non-settlement Outcome

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 2018 - None

Content of Injunction:

Required disclosure

Issues

General:

Records Disclosure

Type of Facility:

Government-run