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Case TitlePROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DistrictWestern District of Pennsylvania
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Case Number2:2017cv00210
Date Filed0000-00-00
Date ClosedOpen
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PlaintiffPROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
Case DescriptionThe Project on Predatory Student Lending submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for records concerning the agency's litigation against Education Management Corporation for its predatory lending practices. The Justice Department denied the request, citing a protective order, personal privacy, confidential business information, and the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act. The Project filed an administrative appeal, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, the Project filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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2017-02-141COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Filing fee, including Administrative fee, $400, receipt number 0315-4240800), filed by PROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Index of Exhibits, # 3 Exhibit A, # 4 Exhibit B, # 5 Exhibit C, # 6 Summons US Department of Justice, # 7 Summons US Attorney General, # 8 Summons US Attorney) (jsp) (Entered: 02/15/2017)
2017-02-15Summons Issued as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (jsp) (Entered: 02/15/2017)
2017-02-152NOTICE that instant civil action has been designated for placement into the United States District Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution program. Parties are directed to fully complete the required 26(f) report, which includes the stipulation of selecting an ADR process. Counsel for plaintiff (or in the case of a removal action, counsel for removing defendant) shall make service of the notice on all parties. (jg) (Entered: 02/15/2017)
2017-02-173AFFIDAVIT of Service for Summons and Complaint mailed to United States Department of Justice on February 16, 2017, filed by PROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. (Savage, Amanda) Modified on 2/21/2017. (jsp) (Entered: 02/17/2017)
2017-02-174AFFIDAVIT of Service for Summons and Complaint mailed to Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States on February 16, 2017, filed by PROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. (Savage, Amanda) Modified on 2/21/2017. (jsp) (Entered: 02/17/2017)
2017-02-175AFFIDAVIT of Service for Summons and Complaint mailed to Civil Process Clerk, United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania on February 16, 2017, filed by PROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. (Savage, Amanda) Modified on 2/21/2017. (jsp) (Entered: 02/17/2017)
2017-02-246ORDER indicating that, for reasons stated more fully within, by 3/1/17, the Project, the United States, the EDMC Defendants, and any of the Plaintiff-States that believe they have an interest at this juncture, shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report setting forth their positions on the proposed appointment of Judge Levie, including any agreements on the cost sharing of Special Master fees and the scope of the appointment. If no objections are lodged, the Court will enter an Order referring the matter to Judge Levie, who has advised that he is available and willing to undertake this appointment; that the Court will conduct a telephone status conference with counsel for the interested parties on 3/8/17 at 9:30 a.m. Counsel for the United States, Assistant United States Attorney Christy Wiegand, shall convene the telephone conference and contact this Court's Chambers with all participants on the line at 9:25 a.m. Signed by Judge Nora Barry Fischer on 2/24/17. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B) (jg) (Entered: 02/24/2017)
2017-02-277SUMMONS/Return of Service Returned Executed by PROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 2/21/2017, answer due 3/23/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A) (Savage, Amanda) Modified on 2/28/2017. (jsp) (Entered: 02/27/2017)
2017-03-018JOINT STATUS REPORT Regarding Special Master Appointment by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Wiegand, Christy) Modified on 3/3/2017. (jsp) (Entered: 03/01/2017)
2017-03-019NOTICE of Appearance by Christy C. Wiegand on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Wiegand, Christy) (Entered: 03/01/2017)
2017-03-0210MOTION for attorney Eileen M. Connor to Appear Pro Hac Vice, (Filing fee $70, Receipt # 0315-4256144) by PROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Proposed Order) (Connor, Eileen) (Entered: 03/02/2017)
2017-03-0211MOTION for attorney Amanda Savage to Appear Pro Hac Vice, (Filing fee $70, Receipt # 0315-4256174) by PROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Proposed Order) (Savage, Amanda) (Entered: 03/02/2017)
2017-03-0212ORDER granting 10 Motion for Eileen M. Connor, Esquire to Appear Pro Hac Vice on behalf of Plaintiff. Signed by Judge Nora Barry Fischer on 3/2/17. (jg) (Entered: 03/02/2017)
2017-03-0313ORDER granting 11 Motion for Amanda Savage, Esquire to Appear Pro Hac Vice on behalf of Plaintiff. Signed by Judge Nora Barry Fischer on 3/3/17. (jg) (Entered: 03/03/2017)
2017-03-0614ORDER indicating that, for reasons more fully stated within, Plaintiff shall file an Amended Complaint by 3/16/17. Signed by Judge Nora Barry Fischer on 3/6/17. (jg) (Entered: 03/06/2017)
2017-03-0815Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Nora Barry Fischer: TelephonicStatus Conference (with CA 07-461) held on 3/8/17 (details of proceeding more fully stated in memo). (Court Reporter: B. Leo) (jg) (Entered: 03/08/2017)
2017-03-0916NOTICE of Appearance by Peter J. Phipps on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Phipps, Peter) (Entered: 03/09/2017)
2017-03-1617First AMENDED COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE answer due 3/30/2017, filed by PROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. (Attachments: # 1 Index of Exhibits, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit B, # 4 Exhibit C, # 5 Exhibit D, # 6 Exhibit E, # 7 Exhibit F) (Savage, Amanda) (Entered: 03/16/2017)
2017-03-3018ANSWER to 17 Amended Complaint, by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Phipps, Peter) (Entered: 03/30/2017)
2017-03-3119MEMORANDUM ORDER indicating that the parties' Rule 26 Meeting Report and Stipulation Selecting ADR Process are due by 4/28/17; A Case Management Conference is set for 5/5/17 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 5B before Judge Nora Barry Fischer. Signed by Judge Nora Barry Fischer on 3/31/17. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B) (jg) (Entered: 03/31/2017)
2017-04-1220MOTION for attorney Toby Merrill to Appear Pro Hac Vice, (Filing fee $70, Receipt # 0315-4299615) by PROJECT ON PREDATORY STUDENT LENDING OF THE LEGAL SERVICES CENTER OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Proposed Order) (Merrill, Toby) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-1221ORDER granting 20 Motion for Toby Merrill, Esquire to Appear Pro Hac Vice on behalf of Plaintiff. Signed by Judge Nora Barry Fischer on 4/12/17. Text-only entry; no PDF document will issue. This text-only entry constitutes the Order of the Court or Notice on the matter. (jg) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
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