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Case TitlePEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, INC. et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00269
Date Filed2017-02-13
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
PlaintiffPEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, INC.
PlaintiffDELCIANNA J. WINDERS
PlaintiffPHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE
PlaintiffBORN FREE USA
Plaintiff
MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
PlaintiffBEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT
Case DescriptionPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and several other organizations filed suit challenging a decision by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the Department of Agriculture to remove records concerning its oversight of the Animal Welfare Act from its website and require FOIA requests to obtain access to such records. PETA and the other organization argued that APHIS already had a substantial backlog of FOIA requests and requiring them to go through FOIA would put severe limitations on their ability to access information related to AWA.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
DefendantANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE
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2017-02-131COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4839746) filed by PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, INC., MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, PHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE, DELCIANNA J WINDERS, BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons)(Meyer, Katherine) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
2017-02-132Corporate Disclosure Statement by PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, INC.. (Meyer, Katherine) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
2017-02-133Corporate Disclosure Statement by BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT. (Meyer, Katherine) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
2017-02-134Corporate Disclosure Statement by Born Free USA. (Meyer, Katherine) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
2017-02-135Corporate Disclosure Statement by MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. (Meyer, Katherine) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
2017-02-136Corporate Disclosure Statement by PHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE. (Meyer, Katherine) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
2017-02-13Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (sb) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
2017-02-137SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(sb) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
2017-03-078NOTICE of Appearance by Peter Bryce on behalf of All Defendants (Bryce, Peter) (Entered: 03/07/2017)
2017-03-209MOTION for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to the Complaint by ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Bryce, Peter) (Entered: 03/20/2017)
2017-03-2110Memorandum in opposition to re 9 MOTION for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to the Complaint filed by PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, INC.. (Meyer, Katherine) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
2017-03-2111REPLY to opposition to motion re 9 MOTION for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to the Complaint filed by ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. (Bryce, Peter) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
2017-03-22MINUTE ORDER granting 9 Defendant's Motion for Extension of Time to file an Answer. It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall file its answer, or otherwise respond to the complaint, on or by April 24, 2017. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 3/22/2017. (lccrc2) (Entered: 03/22/2017)
2017-03-22***Deadlines terminated. Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 4/24/2017. (zlsj) (Entered: 03/22/2017)
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