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Case TitleCORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE v. AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2016cv00866
Date Filed2016-05-09
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffCORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE
Case DescriptionThe Cornucopia Institute submitted a FOIA request to the Agricultural Marketing Service for the investigative files on five operations. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and indicated that the request was being processed. After hearing nothing further from the agency, the Cornucopia Institute filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantAGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE
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Complaint
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Complaint attachment 2
Complaint attachment 3
Complaint attachment 4
Opinion/Order [31]
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2016-05-091COMPLAINT against AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4518253) filed by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(Sorenson, C.) (Entered: 05/09/2016)
2016-05-09Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (md) (Entered: 05/09/2016)
2016-05-122SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Forms)(jd) (Entered: 05/12/2016)
2016-06-023NOTICE of Appearance by Daniel J. Stotter on behalf of CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE (Stotter, Daniel) (Entered: 06/02/2016)
2016-06-074NOTICE of Appearance by Alexander Daniel Shoaibi on behalf of AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 06/07/2016)
2016-06-075Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to Complaint by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 06/07/2016)
2016-06-07MINUTE ORDER granting 5 Defendant's Consent Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall respond to the Complaint on or before July 8, 2016. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 6/7/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 06/07/2016)
2016-06-10Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 7/8/2016, (tj) (Entered: 06/10/2016)
2016-06-226ANSWER to Complaint by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE.(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 06/22/2016)
2016-06-22MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a proposed briefing schedule on or before July 7, 2016. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 6/22/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 06/22/2016)
2016-07-077PROPOSED BRIEFING SCHEDULE JOINT by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE. (Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 07/07/2016)
2016-07-07SCHEDULING MINUTE ORDER: In light of 7 the parties' Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendant's motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before October 17, 2016; Plaintiff's opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before December 9, 2016; Defendant's reply and opposition shall be filed on or before January 6, 2017; and Plaintiff's reply shall be filed on or before January 27, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 7/7/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 07/07/2016)
2016-07-07Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 12/9/2016. Response to Cross Motions due by 1/6/2017. Reply to Cross Motions due by 1/27/2017. Summary Judgment motions due by 10/17/2016. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 12/9/2016. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 1/6/2017. (tj) (Entered: 07/07/2016)
2016-10-148Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Motion for Summary Judgment by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 10/14/2016)
2016-10-14MINUTE ORDER granting 8 Defendant's Consent Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall file its motion for summary judgment on or before October 31, 2016. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 10/14/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 10/14/2016)
2016-10-18Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motions due by 10/31/2016. (tj) (Entered: 10/18/2016)
2016-10-199Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Extend Briefing Schedule by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Sorenson, C.) (Entered: 10/19/2016)
2016-10-19MINUTE ORDER granting 9 the parties' Joint Motion To Extend Briefing Schedule: It is hereby ORDERED that the current briefing schedule is modified as follows: Plaintiff's opposition to Defendant's motion for summary judgment and Plaintiff's cross-motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before December 23, 2016; Defendant's opposition to Plaintiff's cross-motion and Defendant's reply shall be filed on or before January 20, 2017; and Plaintiff's reply shall be filed on or before February 17, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 10/19/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 10/19/2016)
2016-10-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Plaintiff's Cross Motions/Opposition due by 12/23/2016. Defendant's Response to Cross Motions/Reply due by 1/20/2017. Reply to Cross Motions due by 2/17/2017. (hs) (Entered: 10/19/2016)
2016-10-2810Joint MOTION to Stay Proceedings by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 10/28/2016)
2016-10-31MINUTE ORDER granting 10 the parties' Joint Motion to Stay the Proceedings: It is hereby ORDERED that this case is STAYED until December 20, 2016. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a joint status report on or before December 20, 2016. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 10/31/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 10/31/2016)
2016-12-2011Joint STATUS REPORT and PROPOSED BRIEFING SCHEDULE by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE. (Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 12/20/2016)
2016-12-20MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 11 the parties' Joint Status Report and Proposed Briefing Schedule, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendant's motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before March 28, 2017; Plaintiff's opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before May 1, 2017; Defendant's reply and opposition to Plaintiff's motion shall be filed on or before May 25, 2017; and Plaintiff's reply shall be filed on or before June 15, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 12/20/2016. (lcrc3) (Entered: 12/20/2016)
2016-12-22Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 5/1/2017. Response to Cross Motions due by 5/25/2017. Reply to Cross Motions due by 6/15/2017. Summary Judgment motions due by 3/28/2017. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 5/1/2017. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 5/25/2017. (tj) (Entered: 12/22/2016)
2017-03-1512Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Sorenson, C.) (Entered: 03/15/2017)
2017-03-15MINUTE ORDER granting 12 Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant's motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before April 21, 2017; Plaintiff's opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before May 19, 2017; Defendant's reply and opposition to Plaintiff's motion shall be filed on or before June 2, 2017; and Plaintiff's reply shall be filed on or before June 16, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 3/15/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 03/15/2017)
2017-03-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 5/19/2017. Response to Cross Motions due by 6/2/2017. Reply to Cross Motions due by 6/16/2017. Summary Judgment motions due by 4/21/2017. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 5/19/2017. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 6/2/2017. (tj) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-04-2013Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Motion for Summary Judgment by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 04/20/2017)
2017-04-21MINUTE ORDER granting 13 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Summary Judgment: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant's motion for summary judgment shall be filed on or before April 25, 2017; Plaintiff's opposition and cross-motion for summary judgment, if any, shall be filed on or before May 23, 2017; Defendant's reply and opposition to Plaintiff's motion, if any, shall be filed on or before June 6, 2017; and Plaintiff's reply, if any, shall be filed on or before June 20, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 4/21/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 04/21/2017)
2017-04-2514MOTION for Summary Judgment by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Declaration of Jennifer Tucker, # 2 Exhibit 1 (FOIA request), # 3 Exhibit 2 (Acknowledgement of FOIA request), # 4 Exhibit 3 (Vaughn index), # 5 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 04/25/2017)
2017-04-28Set/Reset Deadlines: Cross Motions due by 5/23/2017. Response to Cross Motions due by 6/6/2017. Reply to Cross Motions due by 6/20/2017. Response to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 5/23/2017. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 6/6/2017. (tj) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
2017-05-2215Memorandum in opposition to re 14 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Of Will Fantle, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Memorandum in Support, # 4 Statement of Facts)(Sorenson, C.) (Entered: 05/22/2017)
2017-05-2216Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Will Fantle, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Memorandum in Support, # 4 Statement of Facts)(Sorenson, C.) (Entered: 05/22/2017)
2017-06-0517Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response to Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 06/05/2017)
2017-06-05MINUTE ORDER granting 17 Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that defendant shall submit its response to plaintiff's cross-motion for summary judgment on or before June 27, 2017. It is FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff shall submit its reply in support of its cross-motion for summary judgment, if any, on or before July 14, 2017. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 6/5/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 06/05/2017)
2017-06-2618Consent MOTION for Leave to File Statement of Material Facts Not In Dispute by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Statement of Material Facts Not In Dispute, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 06/26/2017)
2017-06-26MINUTE ORDER granting 18 Defendant's Consent Motion for Leave to File Statement of Material Facts Not in Dispute. It is hereby ORDERED that [18-1] Defendant's Statement of Material Facts Not in Dispute is DEEMED FILED. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 6/26/2017. (lcrc3) (Entered: 06/26/2017)
2017-06-2619Statement of Material Facts Not In Dispute re 14 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE. (jf) (Entered: 06/27/2017)
2017-06-2720Memorandum in opposition to re 16 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment and Reply in Support of Defendant's Motion for Summary filed by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 06/27/2017)
2017-06-28NOTICE OF ERROR re 20 Memorandum in Opposition; emailed to alexander.d.shoaibi@usdoj.gov, cc'd 8 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Two-part docket entry, 2. Please refile document, 3. same document using th (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-06-2921REPLY to opposition to motion re 14 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 06/29/2017)
2017-07-1422REPLY to opposition to re 16 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(Sorenson, C.) Modified on 7/17/2017 to correct docket link (jf). (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-11-02Case directly reassigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. Judge Rudolph Contreras is no longer assigned to the case. (ztnr) (Entered: 11/02/2017)
2018-01-1223ORDER regarding certain documents. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 1/12/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 01/12/2018)
2018-02-16MINUTE ORDER. The parties are directed to file a Joint Status Report on or before February 23, 2018, updating the Court on the status of the Defendant's compliance with the 23 Order entered on January 12, 2018, and proposing a schedule for further proceedings, if any. SO ORDERED.Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 2/15/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 02/16/2018)
2018-02-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 2/23/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 02/16/2018)
2018-02-2024Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Joint Status Report by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Stotter, Daniel) (Entered: 02/20/2018)
2018-02-21MINUTE ORDER granting the Plaintiff's 24 Consent Motion for Extension of Time. The parties shall now file their Joint Status Report on or before March 16, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 2/21/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 02/21/2018)
2018-02-21Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 3/16/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 02/21/2018)
2018-03-0825NOTICE of Filing by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Declaration of Lynnea Schurkamp)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 03/08/2018)
2018-03-1626Joint STATUS REPORT by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE. (Sorenson, C.) (Entered: 03/16/2018)
2018-03-19MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 26 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ordered that the Plaintiff shall have until April 12, 2018 to file further briefing, if it so desires, in light of factual developments since the Court's 23 Order of January 12, 2018. If the Defendant wishes to file a response, it must do so on or before April 26, 2018. It is FURTHER ORDERED that if any additional records are produced, the parties shall file a Joint Status Report on April 12, 2018, providing an update for the Court. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 3/19/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 03/19/2018)
2018-03-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Plaintiff's further briefing due by 4/12/2018. Defendant's response due by 4/26/2018. Joint Status Report due by 4/12/2018, if additional records are produced. (hmc) (Entered: 03/19/2018)
2018-04-1227MEMORANDUM (Opposition) re 16 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE by CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE. (Sorenson, C.) Modified to add text and linkage on 4/13/2018 (td). (Entered: 04/12/2018)
2018-04-2328Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Opposition to Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shoaibi, Alexander) (Entered: 04/23/2018)
2018-04-24MINUTE ORDER. The Defendant's 28 Consent Motion for Extension of Time is hereby GRANTED. The Defendant shall file its response to the Plaintiff's 27 Memorandum on or before May 3, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 4/24/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 04/24/2018)
2018-04-24Set/Reset Deadlines: Defendant's response to Plaintiff's 27 Memorandum due by 5/3/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 04/24/2018)
2018-04-2529STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Courtesy copies are excused for all filings predating the entry of this Standing Order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 4/25/18. (lctnm2) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-04-2630RESPONSE re: 27 toPLAINTIFFS FURTHER MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND IN OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT filed by AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE. (Shoaibi, Alexander) Modified on 4/27/2018 (td). (Entered: 04/26/2018)
2018-05-1431MEMORANDUM OPINION regarding the Defendant's 14 Motion for Summary Judgment and the Plaintiff's 16 Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 5/14/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 05/14/2018)
2018-05-1432ORDER. For the reasons stated in the 31 Memorandum Opinion, the Defendant's 14 Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART, and the Plaintiff's 16 Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. See Order for details. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 5/14/18. (lctnm2) (Entered: 05/14/2018)
2018-05-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Defendant's production of pages 6 and 84-85 due by 5/28/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 05/15/2018)
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