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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00331
Date Filed2017-02-23
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeChief Judge Beryl A. Howell
Case DescriptionThinkGlobal, Inc., publisher of a trade publication on international exports, submitted five FOIA requests to the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration for records about international exports. The agency responded to several requests by indicating that it had no records, while it withheld other records under Exemption 4 (confidential business information). In at least one request, ThinkGlobal believed the International Trade Administration had purposefully said it had no records when it turned out that it did have responsive records. ThinkGlobal also requested a fee waiver, which was denied. ThinkGlobal filed administrative appeals of all its requests, none of which were resolved by the time ThinkGlobal filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Sanctions - Bad faith, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2017-02-231COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4853089) filed by THINKGLOBAL, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 LCvR7.1 Cert, # 3 Summons)(Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 02/23/2017)
2017-02-23Case Assigned to Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell. (sth) (Entered: 02/24/2017)
2017-02-242SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 02/24/2017)
2017-02-243STANDING ORDER. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on February 24, 2017. (lcbah1) (Entered: 02/24/2017)
2017-02-244ERRATA by THINKGLOBAL, INC. 1 Complaint filed by THINKGLOBAL, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 signature page of complaint)(Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 02/24/2017)
2017-03-175RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/3/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/2/2017. (Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-03-176RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 03/03/2017. (Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-03-177RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE served on 3/2/2017 (Hodes, Scott) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
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