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Case Name ACLU v. FBI NS-NY-0008
Docket / Court 1:11-cv-07562-WHP ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) National Security
Special Collection Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- All Matters
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- Internet Metadata
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- Telephony Metadata
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
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On May 31, 2011, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Justice Department ... read more >
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA Matters, see our special collection.

On May 31, 2011, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Justice Department seeking information about the government's use and interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes the government to obtain "any tangible thing" that is "relevant to" a terrorism investigation. On October 26, 2011, the ACLU filed a lawsuit to compel the government to comply with the request in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York under under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 U, S. C. $ 552. The ACLU sought injunctive and other appropriate relief, seeking the immediate processing and release of records improperly withheld by Defendants Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") and the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ").

On December 9, 2011, Judge William H. Pauley issued a stipulation and order regarding the FOIA Request. The order limited the documents requested, excluded certain documents, set the date for the DOJ's response to the request to March 15, 2012, and gave the parties 21 days after the production of the documents to meet and confer regarding the documents withheld in whole or in part and the ACLU will notify the DOJ if they wish to object to any of the withholdings.

On February 27, 2012, the DOJ filed for partial summary judgment. On March 15, 2012, the government released 258 pages of documents. On March 26, 2012, the ACLU filed a cross motion for partial summary judgment. On April 16, 2012, the government released an additional 98 pages of documents. On May 15, 2012, the government released additional documents. On May 17, 2012, Judge Pauley denied the ACLU's motion for partial summary judgment and granted the DOJ's motions for summary judgment. Subsequently, the DOJ and the ACLU both separately filed for summary judgment again.

On August 16, 2013, Judge Pauley withdrew the parties' motions for summary judgment. Judge Pauley ordered the government to review the FISC opinions at issue and release any segreable information not exempt under FOIA by September 10, 2013. Judge also ordered the government to review a second tranche of documents and release any segreable information not exempt under FOIA by October 10, 2013. In addition, Judge ordered the government to review the remaining documents at issue, excluding the FISC orders in the final row of the government's Vaughn index, and release any segreable information not exempt under FOIA by October 31, 2013.

On March 11, 2014, Judge Pauley set a briefing schedule with summary judgment filings due in April and May, and argument to be held in June. The argument has since been rescheduled for the end of July.

Please see the ACLU for a list of all the disclosures.

Jessica Kincaid - 06/10/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
General
Confidentiality
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Search policies
Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) Federal Bureau of Investigation
Plaintiff Description The ACLU
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing NS-DC-0026 : In re Opinions and Orders of this Court Addressing Bulk Collection of Data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA Docket Misc. 13-08] (FISC)
NS-NY-0003 : ACLU v. Clapper (S.D.N.Y.)
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Links Guest Post: New Resource — Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse FISA Archives
Just Security
Posted: Jun. 26, 2014
By: Margo Schlanger
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Docket(s)
1:11-cv-07562-WHP (S.D.N.Y.) 05/30/2014
NS-NY-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Freedom of Information Act Request 05/31/2011
NS-NY-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source:
Complaint for Injunctive Relief 10/26/2011
NS-NY-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order Regarding FOIA Request 12/09/2011 (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0008-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Declaration of Mark A. Bradley 02/27/2012
NS-NY-0008-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Cross Motions for Summary Judgment and Partial Summary Judgment and in Further Support of the Government's Motion for Summary Judgment and for Partial Summary Judgment 04/23/2012
NS-NY-0008-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order 05/17/2012 (872 F.Supp.2d 309) (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0008-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order {Agreeing on Scheduling Dates} 08/16/2013 (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0008-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order 10/06/2014 (59 F.Supp.3d 584) (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0008-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Pauley, William H. III (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0008-0003 | NS-NY-0008-0004 | NS-NY-0008-0005 | NS-NY-0008-0006 | NS-NY-0008-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Abdo, Alex (New York)
NS-NY-0008-0001 | NS-NY-0008-0002 | NS-NY-0008-9000
Eisenberg, Arthur (New York)
NS-NY-0008-0002 | NS-NY-0008-9000
Haddad, Richard Inad (New York)
NS-NY-0008-0002 | NS-NY-0008-0003 | NS-NY-0008-9000
Haroules, Beth (New York)
NS-NY-0008-0002 | NS-NY-0008-9000
Jaffer, Jameel (New York)
NS-NY-0008-0002 | NS-NY-0008-9000
Kaufman, Brett Max (New York)
NS-NY-0008-9000
Sims, Charles S. (New York)
NS-NY-0008-0002 | NS-NY-0008-0003 | NS-NY-0008-9000
Toomey, Patrick Christopher (New York)
NS-NY-0008-9000
Youngs, Stewart Andrew (New York)
NS-NY-0008-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Clopper, John Dalton (New York)
NS-NY-0008-0003 | NS-NY-0008-0007 | NS-NY-0008-9000
Daughtry, Emily E. (New York)
NS-NY-0008-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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