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JW v State State Messaging SMART 00152

JW v State State Messaging SMART 00152

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Date Created:January 29, 2016

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Case 1:16-cv-00152-TSC Document Filed 01/29/16 Page THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT COLUMBIA
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.,
425 Third Street SW, Suite 800
Washington, 20024,
Plaintiff,
U.S. DEPARTMENT STATE,
The Executive Office
Office the Legal Adviser, Room 5519
2201 Street,
Washington, D.C. 20520,
Defendant.
____________________________________)
Civil Action No.
COMPLAINT
Plaintiff Judicial Watch, Inc. brings this action against Defendant U.S. Department
State compel compliance with the Freedom Information Act, U.S.C. 552 FOIA
grounds therefor, Plaintiff alleges follows:
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
The Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(B)
and U.S.C. 1331.
Venue proper this district pursuant U.S.C. 1391(e).
PARTIES
Plaintiff Judicial Watch, Inc. not-for-profit, educational organization that
seeks promote transparency, integrity, and accountability government and fidelity the
rule law. part its educational mission, Plaintiff regularly requests records under FOIA,
analyzes the responses and any records receives, and disseminates its findings and the records
Case 1:16-cv-00152-TSC Document Filed 01/29/16 Page the American public inform them about what their government to. U.S. Dep
Justice Reporters Committee for Freedom the Press, 489 U.S. 749, 795 (1989). Plaintiff
incorporated under the laws the District Columbia and headquartered 425 Third Street
SW, Suite 800, Washington, 20024.
Defendant U.S. Department State agency the United States
Government and headquartered 2201 Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20520. Defendant
has possession, custody, and control records which Plaintiff seeks access.
STATEMENT FACTS August 27, 2015, Plaintiff submitted FOIA request the U.S. Department State, certified mail, seeking access the following:
Any and all e-mails sent Hillary Rodham Clinton
concerning, relating to, referring the State Messaging
and Archive Retrieval Toolset (SMART) between January
21, 2009 and February 2013.
ii.
Any and all e-mails sent Huma Abedin concerning
relating to, referring the SMART between January 21,
2009 and February 2013.
iii.
Any and all e-mails sent Jake Sullivan concerning,
relating to, referring the SMART between January 21,
2009 and February 2013.
iv.
Any and all e-mails sent Cheryl Mills
concerning, relating to, referring the SMART between
January 21, 2009 and February 2013.
Any and all e-mails sent Richard Verma
concerning, relating to, referring the SMART between
January 21, 2009 and February 2013.
vi.
Any and all e-mails sent Oscar Flores concerning,
relating to, referring the SMART between January 21,
2009 and February 2013.
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According U.S. Postal Service records, Defendant received Plaintiff FOIA
request September 2015. letter dated September 16, 2015, Defendant acknowledged receiving
Plaintiff FOIA request and notified Plaintiff that the request had been assigned File No. 201513745. the date this Complaint, Defendant has failed to: (i) produce the
requested records demonstrate that the requested records are lawfully exempt from
production; (ii) notify Plaintiff the scope any responsive records Defendant intends
produce withhold and the reasons for any withholdings; (iii) inform Plaintiff that may
appeal any adequately specific, adverse determination.
COUNT
(Violation FOIA, U.S.C. 552)
Plaintiff realleges paragraphs through fully stated herein.
10.
Defendant violating FOIA failing search for and produce all records
responsive Plaintiff request demonstrate that the requested records are lawfully exempt
from production.
11.
Plaintiff being irreparably harmed reason Defendant violation FOIA,
and Plaintiff will continue irreparably harmed unless Defendant compelled comply
with FOIA.
12. trigger FOIA administrative exhaustion requirement, Defendant was
required determine whether comply with Plaintiff request within twenty (20) working
days receiving the request September 2015. Accordingly, Defendant determination
was due about October 17, 2015. minimum, Defendant was required to: (i) gather
and review the requested documents; (ii) determine and communicate Plaintiff the scope
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any responsive records Defendant intended produce withhold and the reasons for any
withholdings; and (iii) inform Plaintiff that may appeal any adequately specific, adverse
determination. See, e.g., Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Washington Federal
Election Commission, 711 F.3d 180, 188-89 (D.C. Cir. 2013).
13.
Because Defendant failed determine whether comply with Plaintiff request
within the time period required FOIA, Plaintiff deemed have exhausted its administrative
appeal remedies. U.S.C. 552(a)(6)(C)(i).
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Court: (1) order Defendant
search for any and all records responsive Plaintiff FOIA request and demonstrate that
employed search methods reasonably calculated uncover all records responsive the request;
(2) order Defendant produce, date certain, any and all non-exempt records responsive
Plaintiff FOIA request and Vaughn index any responsive records withheld under claim
exemption; (3) enjoin Defendant from continuing withhold any and all non-exempt records
responsive Plaintiff FOIA request; (4) grant Plaintiff award attorneys fees and other
litigation costs reasonably incurred this action pursuant U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(E); and (5)
grant Plaintiff such other relief the Court deems just and proper.
Dated: January 29, 2016
Respectfully submitted,
/s/ James Peterson
James Peterson
D.C. Bar No. 450171
Judicial Watch, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 800
Washington, 20024
(202) 646-5172
Counsel for Plaintiff
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