UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. BOLTON Featured Case

Plaintiff United States of America sued Defendant John R. Bolton, a former National Security Advisor, over the impending publication of his book "The Room Where it Happened." Plaintiff alleged that the Bolton breached a Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement, violated a prepublication review requirement, and disseminated classified information in the publication.

Plaintiff: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Defendant: JOHN R. BOLTON
Case Number: 1:2020cv01580
Filed: June 16, 2020
Court: US District Court for the District of Columbia
Nature of Suit: Contract: Other
Cause of Action: 28:1330
Jury Demanded By: None
Docket Report

This docket was last retrieved on July 2, 2020. A more recent docket listing may be available from PACER.

Date Filed Document Text
July 2, 2020 Opinion or Order Filing 39 ORDER granting #38 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer Complaint; Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 7/16/2020. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 07/02/2020. (lcmb)
July 2, 2020 Filing 38 MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to Amended Complaint by JOHN R. BOLTON (Attachments: #1 Text of Proposed Order)(Cooper, Charles)
July 2, 2020 Filing 37 NOTICE of Appearance by John D. Ohlendorf on behalf of JOHN R. BOLTON (Ohlendorf, John)
June 29, 2020 Filing 36 RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. JOHN R. BOLTON served on 6/18/2020, answer due 7/9/2020 (Van Horn, Daniel)
June 29, 2020 Opinion or Order MINUTE ORDER denying #8 Motion to Dismiss as moot. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/29/20. (lcrcl1)
June 26, 2020 Filing 35 NOTICE by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA re #8 MOTION to Dismiss (Van Horn, Daniel)
June 23, 2020 Filing 34 Memorandum in opposition to re #25 MOTION for Access to Classified Hearing and Materials re #4 Notice (Other) filed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Van Horn, Daniel)
June 22, 2020 Opinion or Order MINUTE ORDER denying #33 Motion to Intervene as MOOT. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/22/20. (lcrcl1)
June 20, 2020 Filing 28 TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS, before Judge Royce C. Lamberth, held on 6-19-2020; Page Numbers: 1 - 66. Date of Issuance: 6-20-2020. Court Reporter: Elizabeth SaintLoth, Telephone number: 202-354-3242. Transcripts may be ordered by submitting the #Transcript Order FormFor the first 90 days after this filing date, the transcript may be viewed at the courthouse at a public terminal or purchased from the court reporter referenced above. After 90 days, the transcript may be accessed via PACER. Other transcript formats, (multi-page, condensed, CD or ASCII) may be purchased from the court reporter.NOTICE RE REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: The parties have twenty-one days to file with the court and the court reporter any request to redact personal identifiers from this transcript. If no such requests are filed, the transcript will be made available to the public via PACER without redaction after 90 days. The policy, which includes the five personal identifiers specifically covered, is located on our website at www.dcd.uscourts.gov. Redaction Request due 7/11/2020. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 7/21/2020. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 9/18/2020.(Saint-Loth, Elizabeth) (Main Document 28 replaced on 6/22/2020 to correct date of hearing) (zjf).
June 20, 2020 Opinion or Order Filing 27 MEMORANDUM ORDER denying #3 Motion for TRO/Preliminary Injunction. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/20/20. (lcrcl1)
June 19, 2020 Filing 26 NOTICE of Lodging Classified Document by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA re #3 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order MOTION for Preliminary Injunction (Van Horn, Daniel)
June 19, 2020 Filing 25 MOTION for Access to Classified Hearing and Materials re #4 Notice (Other) by JOHN R. BOLTON (Attachments: #1 Exhibit A, #2 Text of Proposed Order)(Cooper, Charles)
June 19, 2020 Minute Entry for Ex Parte In Camera CIPA Hearing held before Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/19/2020. Plaintiff's Counsel present: David Michael Morrell and Michael Sherwin. (Court Reporter: Elizabeth Saint-Loth) (lsj)
June 19, 2020 Opinion or Order Filing 24 ORDER granting #13 Motion for Leave to File Brief as Amici Curiae. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 06/19/2020. (lcrcl3)
June 19, 2020 Opinion or Order Filing 23 ORDER granting #11 Motion for Leave to File Brief as Amici Curiae. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 06/19/2020. (lcrcl3)
June 19, 2020 Opinion or Order Filing 22 ORDER granting #10 Motion for Leave to File Brief as Amicus Curiae. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 06/19/2020. (lcrcl3)
June 19, 2020 Minute Entry for Motion Hearing held before Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/19/2020. Oral arguments submitted on Plaintiff's Motion #3 for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction. Motion taken under advisement; forthcoming Order. (Court Reporter: Elizabeth Saint-Loth) (zlsj)
June 19, 2020 Filing 21 NOTICE of Appearance by Arthur B. Spitzer on behalf of AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, KNIGHT FIRST AMENDMENT INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (Spitzer, Arthur)
June 19, 2020 Filing 20 NOTICE of Appearance by Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr on behalf of PEN AMERICAN CENTER, INC. (Boutrous, Theodore)
June 19, 2020 NOTICE OF ERROR re #15 Notice of Appearance; emailed to tboutrous@gibsondunn.com, cc'd 40 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Counsel must change address via Pacer (zjf, )
June 19, 2020 Filing 18 AMENDED COMPLAINT against JOHN R. BOLTON filed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.(Van Horn, Daniel)
June 19, 2020 Filing 17 NOTICE of Appearance by Brett Max Kaufman on behalf of AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, KNIGHT FIRST AMENDMENT INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (Kaufman, Brett)
June 19, 2020 Filing 16 NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew D. McGill on behalf of PEN American Center, Inc. (McGill, Matthew)
June 19, 2020 Filing 15 NOTICE of Appearance by Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr on behalf of PEN American Center, Inc. (Boutrous, Theodore)
June 19, 2020 Filing 14 NOTICE of Appearance by Bruce D. Brown on behalf of ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PUBLISHERS, INC., DOW JONES & COMPANY, INC., NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY, REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, WASHINGTON POST (Brown, Bruce)
June 19, 2020 Filing 13 Unopposed MOTION for Leave to File Brief Amici Curiae by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, KNIGHT FIRST AMENDMENT INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (Attachments: #1 Brief Amici Curiae, #2 Text of Proposed Order)(Kaufman, Brett)
June 19, 2020 Filing 12 NOTICE of Appearance by KatieLynn Boyd Townsend on behalf of ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PUBLISHERS, INC., DOW JONES & COMPANY, INC., NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY, REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, WASHINGTON POST (Townsend, KatieLynn)
June 19, 2020 Filing 11 Unopposed MOTION for Leave to File Brief as Amici Curiae by REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PUBLISHERS, INC., DOW JONES & COMPANY, INC., NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY, WASHINGTON POST (Attachments: #1 Amicus Brief, #2 Certificate Rule LCvR 26.1, #3 Text of Proposed Order)(Townsend, KatieLynn)
June 19, 2020 Filing 10 Unopposed MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief by PEN American Center, Inc. (Attachments: #1 Amicus Curiae Brief, #2 Text of Proposed Order)(Boutrous, Theodore)
June 18, 2020 Filing 19 MEMORANDUM in support re #8 MOTION to Dismiss filed by JOHN R. BOLTON. (See Docket Entry #9 to view document) (zjf)
June 18, 2020 Filing 9 Memorandum in opposition to re #3 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order MOTION for Preliminary Injunction and in Support of Defendant's Motion to Dismiss filed by JOHN R. BOLTON. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit A - Bolton Declaration, #2 Exhibit B - Kirk Declaration, #3 Exhibit C - SCI NDA, #4 Exhibit D - Classified Info NDA, #5 Exhibit E - Email of 2019-12-30, #6 Exhibit F - Letter of 2019-12-30, #7 Exhibit G - Email of 2019-12-30, #8 Exhibit H - Letter of 2020-01-23, #9 Exhibit I - Letter of 2020-02-07, #10 Exhibit J - Letter of 2020-02-24, #11 Exhibit K - Email of 2020-03-27, #12 Exhibit L - Letter of 2020-06-08, #13 Exhibit M - Letter of 2020-06-10, #14 Exhibit N - Letter of 2020-06-16, #15 Exhibit O - Notes of Ambassador Bolton, #16 Exhibit P - NSC Comments List, #17 Exhibit Q - Karp Declaration, #18 Text of Proposed Order)(Cooper, Charles)
June 18, 2020 Filing 8 MOTION to Dismiss by JOHN R. BOLTON (Attachments: #1 Text of Proposed Order)(Cooper, Charles)
June 18, 2020 Filing 7 NOTICE of Appearance by David Michael Morrell on behalf of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Morrell, David)
June 18, 2020 Opinion or Order MINUTE ORDER: The parties are to appear before the Court for a hearing on Plaintiff's Motion #3 for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction. The Motion Hearing set for 6/19/2020 at 1:00 PM will proceed by videoconferencing for the parties, and by telephone for the members of the public. The parties will receive a separate notification providing connection instructions. Pursuant to Standing Order 20-19 (BAH), the Court will provide access for the public to participate in the hearing on the motion. It is ORDERED that the participants using the public access telephone line shall adhere to the rules set forth in Standing Order 20-20 (BAH), available on the Court's website. Toll Free Number: 888-636-3807; Access Code: 6967853 It is further ORDERED, that in the event the public line reaches its maximum capacity, the public may connect to the hearing utilizing the secondary access line at Toll Free Number: 877-336-1831; Access Code: 9688268.SO ORDERED by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/18/2020. (lsj)
June 18, 2020 Filing 6 NOTICE of Appearance by Michael W. Kirk on behalf of JOHN R. BOLTON (Kirk, Michael)
June 18, 2020 Filing 5 NOTICE of Appearance by Charles Justin Cooper on behalf of JOHN R. BOLTON (Cooper, Charles)
June 17, 2020 Filing 4 NOTICE of Lodging Classified Declarations by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA re #3 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order MOTION for Preliminary Injunction (Van Horn, Daniel)
June 17, 2020 Filing 3 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order , MOTION for Preliminary Injunction by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Attachments: #1 Affidavit (Ellis Decl.), #2 Affidavit (Evanina Decl.), #3 Affidavit (Mitman Decl.), #4 Affidavit (Nakasone Decl.), #5 Affidavit (Ratcliffe Decl.), #6 Exhibit A (Security Agmts.), #7 Exhibit B (Memo. of 9/13/2019), #8 Exhibit C (Letter of 9/10/2019), #9 Exhibit D (Letter of 12/30/2019), #10 Exhibit E (Letter of 1/23/2020), #11 Exhibit F (Letter of 2/7/2020), #12 Exhibit G (Letter of 2/24/2020), #13 Exhibit H (Email of 3/27/2020), #14 Exhibit I (Email of 5/7/2020), #15 Exhibit J (Letter of 6/8/2020), #16 Exhibit K (Letter of 6/10/2020), #17 Exhibit L (Letter of 6/11/2020), #18 Exhibit M (Letter of 6/16/2020), #19 Text of Proposed Order)(Van Horn, Daniel)
June 17, 2020 Filing 2 SUMMONS (1) Issued Electronically as to JOHN R. BOLTON. (Attachment: #1 Notice and Consent)(zsb)
June 17, 2020 Case Assigned to Judge Royce C. Lamberth. (zsb)
June 16, 2020 Filing 1 COMPLAINT against JOHN R. BOLTON (Fee Status:Filing Fee Waived) filed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit A (Security Agmts.), #2 Exhibit B (Memo. of 9/13/2019), #3 Exhibit C (Letter of 9/10/2019), #4 Exhibit D (Letter of 12/30/2019), #5 Exhibit E (Letter of 1/23/2020), #6 Exhibit F (NY Times Article of 1/26/2020), #7 Exhibit G (Wash. Post Article of 1/27/2020), #8 Exhibit H (Letter of 2/7/2020), #9 Exhibit I (Letter of 2/24/2020), #10 Exhibit J (CNN Article of 3/3/2020), #11 Exhibit K (Email of 3/27/2020), #12 Exhibit L (Politico Article of 4/29/2020), #13 Exhibit M (Email of 5/7/2020), #14 Exhibit N (Wash. Post Article of 6/7/2020), #15 Exhibit O (Letter of 6/8/2020), #16 Exhibit P (Letter of 6/10/2020), #17 Exhibit Q (Letter of 6/11/2020), #18 Civil Cover Sheet, #19 Summons)(Van Horn, Daniel)
June 16, 2020 Filing 1 COMPLAINT against JOHN R. BOLTON (Fee Status:Filing Fee Waived) filed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A (Security Agmts.), # 2 Exhibit B (Memo. of 9/13/2019), # 3 Exhibit C (Letter of 9/10/2019), # 4 Exhibit D (Letter of 12/30/2019), # 5 Exhibit E (Letter of 1/23/2020), # 6 Exhibit F (NY Times Article of 1/26/2020), # 7 Exhibit G (Wash. Post Article of 1/27/2020), # 8 Exhibit H (Letter of 2/7/2020), # 9 Exhibit I (Letter of 2/24/2020), # 10 Exhibit J (CNN Article of 3/3/2020), # 11 Exhibit K (Email of 3/27/2020), # 12 Exhibit L (Politico Article of 4/29/2020), # 13 Exhibit M (Email of 5/7/2020), # 14 Exhibit N (Wash. Post Article of 6/7/2020), # 15 Exhibit O (Letter of 6/8/2020), # 16 Exhibit P (Letter of 6/10/2020), # 17 Exhibit Q (Letter of 6/11/2020), # 18 Civil Cover Sheet, # 19 Summons)(Van Horn, Daniel)

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