State of Washington et al v. United States Department of State et al Featured Case

A group of state attorneys general have sued the Trump administration asking the court to prohibit a Texas-based company from publishing online the 3D-printing blueprints for several guns. The plaintiff states are Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, and the District of Columbia. The lawsuit seeks declaratory and injunctive relief.

Plaintiff: State of Washington, State of Connecticut, State of New Jersey, State of Maryland, State of New York, State of Oregon, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and District of Columbia
Defendant: United States Department of State, Michael R. Pompeo, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Mike Miller, Sarah Heidema, Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc and Conn Williamson
Case Number: 2:2018cv01115
Filed: July 30, 2018
Court: Washington Western District Court
Office: Seattle Office
County: King
Presiding Judge: Robert S. Lasnik
Nature of Suit: Other Statutes: Administrative Procedures Act/Review or Appeal of Agency Decision
Cause of Action: 28:1331 Fed. Question: Violation of Constitutional Rights
Jury Demanded By: None

Docket Report

This docket was last retrieved on August 15, 2018. A more recent docket listing may be available from PACER.

Date Filed#Document Text
August 14, 2018 54 APPLICATION OF ATTORNEY Daniel N. Hammond FOR LEAVE TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE for Defendants Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc., Conn Williamson (Fee Paid) Receipt No. 0981-5434042 (Ard, Joel)
August 14, 2018 53 APPLICATION OF ATTORNEY Charles R. Flores FOR LEAVE TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE for Defendants Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc., Conn Williamson (Fee Paid) Receipt No. 0981-5434028 (Ard, Joel)
August 13, 2018 52 Featured Case ORDER denying plaintiffs' 34 Motion to Compel Production of Administrative Record, signed by Judge Robert S. Lasnik. (SWT)
August 13, 2018 51 NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Steven A Myers on behalf of Defendants Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Sarah Heidema, Mike Miller, Michael R. Pompeo, United States Department of State. (Myers, Steven)
August 13, 2018 50 Featured Case ORDER re 42 Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. The Court ADMITS Attorney John D Kimball for The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, by Clerk William M McCool. No document associated with this docket entry, text only.NOTE TO COUNSEL: Local counsel agrees to sign all filings and to be prepared to handle the matter, including the trial thereof, in the event the applicant is unable to be present on any date scheduled by the court, pursuant to LCR 83.1(d).(CDA)
August 10, 2018 NOTE re Document 49 : Appearance of attorney ERIC J. SOSKIN is not proper, and notices of electronic filing will not be sent until corrected. Signatures must be in accordance with FRCP 11 and LCR 83.2(a) and must comply with ECF Filing Procedures. (SWT)
August 10, 2018 49 RESPONSE, by Defendants Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Sarah Heidema, Mike Miller, Michael R. Pompeo, United States Department of State, to 34 MOTION to Compel Production of Administrative Record. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Stuart Robinson)(Robinson, Stuart)
August 9, 2018 48 RESPONSE, by Defendant Defense Distributed, to 34 MOTION to Compel Production of Administrative Record. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Goldstein, Matthew)
August 9, 2018 47 Unopposed MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Brief, filed by Amicus Everytown for Gun Safety. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - amicus brief of Everytown for Gun Safety, # 2 Proposed Order granting motion for leave to file) Noting Date 8/24/2018, (Gupta, Deepak)
August 9, 2018 46 MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief of Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence In Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction, filed by Amicus The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Brief of Amicus Curiae Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence In Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction, # 2 Proposed Order Granting Motion for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief of Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence In Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction) Noting Date 8/24/2018, (Richards, Andrew)
August 9, 2018 45 NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Andrew P Richards on behalf of Amicus The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (Richards, Andrew)
August 9, 2018 44 DECLARATION of Jeffrey Rupert filed by Plaintiff State of Washington re 43 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits 1-21)(Rupert, Jeffrey)
August 9, 2018 43 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction , filed by Plaintiff State of Washington. (Attachments: # 1 Index, # 2 Appendix, # 3 Proposed Order) Noting Date 8/21/2018, (Rupert, Jeffrey)
August 9, 2018 42 APPLICATION OF ATTORNEY John D. Kimball FOR LEAVE TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE for Amicus The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Fee Paid) Receipt No. 0981-5428444 (Richards, Andrew)
August 9, 2018 41 Featured Case ORDER re 40 Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. The Court ADMITS Attorney Deepak Gupta for Amicus Curiae Everytown for Gun Safety, by Clerk William M McCool. No document associated with this docket entry, text only.NOTE TO COUNSEL: Local counsel agrees to sign all filings and to be prepared to handle the matter, including the trial thereof, in the event the applicant is unable to be present on any date scheduled by the court, pursuant to LCR 83.1(d).(DS)
August 9, 2018 40 APPLICATION OF ATTORNEY Deepak Gupta FOR LEAVE TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE for Amicus Everytown for Gun Safety (Fee Paid) Receipt No. 0981-5428138 (Terrell, Beth)
August 9, 2018 39 NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Beth E Terrell on behalf of Amicus Everytown for Gun Safety. (Terrell, Beth)
August 8, 2018 37 Featured Case ORDER RENOTING plaintiffs' 34 MOTION to Compel Production of Administrative Record : Noting Date 8/10/2018, by Judge Robert S. Lasnik. (SWT)
August 8, 2018 36 NOTIFICATION REGARDING PROPOSED VIDEO RECORDING. All parties have consented to the video recording of the Preliminary Injunction Hearing on 8/21/2018 at 9:00 AM. Unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, the proceeding will be video recorded as part of the CAMERAS Pilot Project. (KERR)
August 7, 2018 35 DECLARATION of Jeffrey Rupert filed by Plaintiff State of Washington re 34 MOTION to Compel Production of Administrative Record (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits A-H)(Rupert, Jeffrey)
August 7, 2018 34 MOTION to Compel Production of Administrative Record, filed by Plaintiff State of Washington. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order) Noting Date 8/24/2018, (Rupert, Jeffrey)
August 7, 2018 33 NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Stuart Justin Robinson on behalf of Defendants Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Sarah Heidema, Mike Miller, Michael R. Pompeo, United States Department of State. (Robinson, Stuart)
August 3, 2018 31 NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Zachary P Jones on behalf of Plaintiff State of Washington. (Jones, Zachary)
August 3, 2018 30 Featured Case ORDER RESCHEDULING PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION HEARING, ESTABLISHING BRIEFING SCHEDULE, AND EXTENDING TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER. The preliminary injunction hearing in this matter is rescheduled to Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 15106. Plaintiffs' submission in support of a preliminary injunction, if any, shall be filed on or before August 9th; defendants' oppositions shall be filed on or before August 15th; and plaintiffs' reply shall be filed no later than noon on August 17th. The temporary restraining order will remain in effect until August 28, 2018. Signed by Judge Robert S. Lasnik. (TH)
August 2, 2018 32 NOTICE TO FILER re 29 Amended Complaint: The secondary signatures have not been added to the docket. Notices of electronic filing will not be sent until appearances are in compliance with LCR 83.1. (Please see attached) (SWT)
August 2, 2018 29 AMENDED COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against All Defendants, filed by State of Washington. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1-8)(Rupert, Jeffrey)
August 2, 2018 28 NOTICE of Request for Video Recording Hearing on 8/10/2018 at 9:00 a.m. before Robert S. Lasnik. Parties must submit PARTY RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR VIDEO RECORDING before 8/7/2018. Please Note: This form must not be filed electronically with the Court. (ELS)
August 2, 2018 27 Please disregard; see Dkt. 28 NOTICE of Request for Video Recording of Hearing set for 8/10/2018 at 9:00 a.m. before Robert S. Lasnik. Parties must submit PARTY RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR VIDEO RECORDING before 8/7/2018. Please Note: This form must not be filed electronically with the Court. (KERR) Modified on 8/2/2018 (KERR).
August 2, 2018 26 NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF COUNSEL: Attorney Josh Blackman for Defendants Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc., Conn Williamson. (Ard, Joel)
August 2, 2018 25 NOTICE OF FILING OF OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT of TRO hearing held on 7/31/2018 before Judge Robert S. Lasnik.Parties have seven (7) calendar days to file with the court a Notice of Intent to Request Redaction of this transcript. If no such Notice is filed, the transcript may be made remotely electronically available to the public without redaction after 90 calendar days.Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER. Information regarding the policy can be found on the court's website at www.wawd.uscourts.gov.To purchase a copy of the transcript, contact court reporter Nancy Bauer, nancy_bauer@wawd.uscourts.gov, 206-370-8506. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 10/31/2018, (NB)
August 1, 2018 24 NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Todd Richard Bowers on behalf of Plaintiff State of Washington. (Bowers, Todd)
July 31, 2018 23 Featured Case ORDER granting plaintiffs' 2 Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order. Pursuant to the limitations set forth in Fed. R. Civ. P. 65, this matter is hereby set for hearing on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 15106 to determine whether this temporary restraining order should be converted to a preliminary injunction. Signed by Judge Robert S. Lasnik. (PM)
July 31, 2018 22 NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Kristin Beneski on behalf of Plaintiff State of Washington. (Beneski, Kristin)
July 31, 2018 21 NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Jeffrey Todd Sprung on behalf of Plaintiff State of Washington. (Sprung, Jeffrey)
July 31, 2018 20 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Judge Robert S. Lasnik- Dep Clerk: Kerry Simonds; Pla Counsel: Jeff Rupert, Jeff Sprung, Kristin Beneski, Todd Bowers; Def Counsel: Joel Ard, Josh Blackman, Eric Soskin, Tony Coppolino; CR: Nancy Bauer; Time of Hearing: 2:00 p.m.; Courtroom: 15106; Motion Hearing held on 7/31/2018 re 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by State of Washington. The Court addresses the parties. After hearing the arguments of counsel, and for reasons stated on the record, the Court GRANTS the Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and schedules a hearing for 8/10/2018 at 9:00 AM in Courtroom 15106 before Judge Robert S. Lasnik. An Order shall issue. (KERR)
July 31, 2018 19 MINUTE ORDER Setting Hearing on 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order : Motion Hearing set for 7/31/2018 at 2:00 PM in Courtroom 15106 before Judge Robert S. Lasnik. (KERR)
July 31, 2018 18 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Plaintiff State of Washington re 1 Complaint,, 3 Certificate-Other, 4 Certificate-Other, 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order (Rupert, Jeffrey)
July 31, 2018 17 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Plaintiff State of Washington re 1 Complaint,, 3 Certificate-Other, 4 Certificate-Other, 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order (Rupert, Jeffrey)
July 31, 2018 16 RESPONSE, by Defendants Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Sarah Heidema, Mike Miller, Michael R. Pompeo, United States Department of State, to 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order . (Soskin, Eric)
July 31, 2018 15 NOTICE of Filing re 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order ; filed by Plaintiff State of Washington. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Todd Bowers, # 2 Exhibit A)(Rupert, Jeffrey)
July 31, 2018 14 LETTER from J. Blackman re subject matter jurisdiction (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Ard, Joel)
July 31, 2018 13 Featured Case ORDER re 10 Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. The Court ADMITS Attorney Matthew Goldstein for Defendants Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc, and for Conn Williamson, by Clerk William M McCool. No document associated with this docket entry, text only.NOTE TO COUNSEL: Local counsel agrees to sign all filings and to be prepared to handle the matter, including the trial thereof, in the event the applicant is unable to be present on any date scheduled by the court, pursuant to LCR 83.1(d).(DS)
July 31, 2018 12 Featured Case ORDER re 6 Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. The Court ADMITS Attorney Josh Blackman for Defendants Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc, and for Conn Williamson, by Clerk William M McCool. No document associated with this docket entry, text only.NOTE TO COUNSEL: Local counsel agrees to sign all filings and to be prepared to handle the matter, including the trial thereof, in the event the applicant is unable to be present on any date scheduled by the court, pursuant to LCR 83.1(d).(DS)
July 31, 2018 11 RESPONSE, by Defendants Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc, Conn Williamson, to 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order . Oral Argument Requested. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F)(Ard, Joel)
July 31, 2018 10 APPLICATION OF ATTORNEY MatthewGoldstein FOR LEAVE TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE for Defendants Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc, Conn Williamson (Fee Paid) Receipt No. 0981-5415646 (Ard, Joel)
July 31, 2018 NOTICE TO FILER: As stated in the 9 Notice to Filer, Kristin Beneski, Todd Bowers and Jeff Sprung must file a Notice of Appearance as soon as possible. However, counsel will remain on the docket in order to receive notice of documents filed in the case. (ST)
July 31, 2018 9 NOTICE TO FILER: re 1 Complaint. Notice of Filing Deficiency** Action Required ** See Attached Letter for More Information and Instructions. (cc: Kristin Beneski; Todd Bowers; Jeff Sprung) (ST)
July 31, 2018 8 LETTER from Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, and Conn Williamson regarding Motion for TRO (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E)(Ard, Joel)
July 30, 2018 7 Summons(es) Electronically Issued as to All defendant(s) (Main document - Summons United States Department of State) (Attachments: # 1 Summons Michael Pompeo, # 2 Summons Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, # 3 Summons Mike Miller, # 4 Summons Sarah Heidema, # 5 Summons Defense Distributed, # 6 Summons Second Amendment Foundation, # 7 Summons Conn Williamson)(CDA)
July 30, 2018 6 APPLICATION OF ATTORNEY Josh Blackman FOR LEAVE TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE for Defendants Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc, Conn Williamson (Fee Paid) Receipt No. 0981-5415308 (Ard, Joel)
July 30, 2018 5 NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Joel B. Ard on behalf of Defendants Defense Distributed, Second Amendment Foundation, Inc, Conn Williamson. (Ard, Joel)
July 30, 2018 Judge Robert S. Lasnik added. (SG)
July 30, 2018 4 CERTIFICATE of Todd Bowers re 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order by Plaintiff State of Washington (Rupert, Jeffrey)
July 30, 2018 3 CERTIFICATE of Jeffrey Sprung re 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order by Plaintiff State of Washington (Rupert, Jeffrey)
July 30, 2018 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order , filed by Plaintiff State of Washington. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order) Noting Date 7/30/2018, (Rupert, Jeffrey)
July 30, 2018 1 COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUCTIVE RELIEF against All Defendants (Receipt # 0981-5414989), filed by State of Washington. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1-8, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Summons US Department of State, # 4 Summons Michael Pompeo, # 5 Summons Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, # 6 Summons Mike Miller, # 7 Summons Sarah Heidema, # 8 Summons Defense Distributed, # 9 Summons Second Amendment Foundation, Inc., # 10 Summons Conn Williamson)(Rupert, Jeffrey)

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Plaintiff: State of Washington
Represented By: Kristin Beneski
Represented By: Todd Richard Bowers
Represented By: Jeffrey George Rupert
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