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Case TitleNORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES v. UNITED STATES NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION OFFICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00403
Date Filed2017-03-06
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Royce C. Lamberth
PlaintiffNORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES an Oregon non-profit corporation
Case DescriptionNorthwest Environmental Advocates submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Agriculture for records concerning contracts with the Freshwater Trust and the Williamette Partnership. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but despite numerous queries to the agency concerning the status of the request, the agency failed to respond. Northwest Environmental Advocates then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE an agency of the United States of America, USDA, NRCS, Office of the Chief
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2017-03-061COMPLAINT against USDA, NRCS, Office of the Chief ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4866900) filed by NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES,. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons for NRCS (Proposed), # 3 Summons for AG (Proposed), # 4 Summons for US Atty. (Proposed))(Bahr, David) (Entered: 03/06/2017)
2017-03-06Case Assigned to Judge Royce C. Lamberth. (jd) (Entered: 03/07/2017)
2017-03-072SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Forms)(jd) (Entered: 03/07/2017)
2017-03-173MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Paul Kampmeier, :Firm- Kampmeier & Knutsen PLLC, :Address- Kampmeier & Knutsen PLLC 615 Second Avenue, Suite 360, Seattle, WA 98104. Phone No. - (206) 223-4088. Fax No. - N/A Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4880292. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Declaration of Paul Kampmeier, # 2 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order Granting PHV)(Bahr, David) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-03-174AMENDED COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE filed by NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES.(Bahr, David) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-03-175LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES (Bahr, David) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-03-206NOTICE of Appearance by Damon William Taaffe on behalf of UNITED STATES NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 03/20/2017)
2017-03-287RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/13/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/12/2017. (Bahr, David) (Entered: 03/28/2017)
2017-03-288RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 3/13/17. (Bahr, David) (Entered: 03/28/2017)
2017-03-289RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE served on 3/13/2017 (Bahr, David) (Entered: 03/28/2017)
2017-04-0710ORDER granting 3 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 4/6/17. (zlsj) (Entered: 04/07/2017)
2017-04-1111Joint MOTION for Scheduling Order And Extension Of Answer Deadline by UNITED STATES NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 04/11/2017)
2017-04-2812ORDER granting 11 Motion for Scheduling Order. It is hereby ORDERED that Responsiveness to FOIA Request due by 5/30/2017. Joint Status Report due by 7/7/2017. SEE ORDER FOR FULL DEADLINES. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 4/27/17. (lsj) (Entered: 04/28/2017)
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