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Case TitleGREENPEACE, INC. v. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00479
Date Filed2017-03-16
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffGREENPEACE, INC.
Case DescriptionGreenpeace submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate for records concerning a list of chemical facilities no longer considered high risk. The agency provided an interim response that it had located 123 pages but was withholding them entirely under Exemption 5 (privileges), Exemption 7(E) (investigative method and techniques), and Exemption 7(F) (harm to any person). Greenpeace filed an administrative appeal. The appeals office agreed with Greenpeace and told the agency to reprocess the request. However, the agency provided Greenpeace a list with most information redacted under Exemption 7(F). Greenpeace appealed that decision once more, but the appeals officer indicated it had no authority for force the agency to comply with its decision. Greenpeace then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Exemption 7(F) - Harm to safety of any person, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DefendantNATIONAL PROTECTION AND PROGRAMS DIRECTORATE
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2017-03-161COMPLAINT against Department of Homeland Security ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4878214) filed by GREENPEACE, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons for Attorney General, # 3 Summons for U.S. Attorney, # 4 Summons for DHS, # 5 Sumnmons for NPPD)(Nelson, Scott) Modified on 3/17/2017 to correct docket text (jd). (Entered: 03/16/2017)
2017-03-162Corporate Disclosure Statement by GREENPEACE, INC.. (Nelson, Scott) (Entered: 03/16/2017)
2017-03-163NOTICE of Appearance by Scott Lawrence Nelson on behalf of GREENPEACE, INC. (Nelson, Scott) (Entered: 03/16/2017)
2017-03-16Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (jd) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-03-174SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, NATIONAL PROTECTION AND PROGRAMS DIRECTORATE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Forms)(jd) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-03-175ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on March 17, 2017. (NS) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
2017-03-296NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua L. Rogers on behalf of All Defendants (Rogers, Joshua) (Entered: 03/29/2017)
2017-04-137Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Rogers, Joshua) (Entered: 04/13/2017)
2017-04-19MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of Defendant's 7 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to the Complaint. Defendant seeks an extension of 30 days to respond to the Complaint because defense counsel needs additional time to review the Complaint and the evidence, and to confer with applicable agencies. This is the first request for an extension in this case, and Plaintiff does not oppose it. Accordingly, Defendant's motion is GRANTED. Defendant shall respond to Plaintiff's Complaint by no later than MAY 22, 2017. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 4/19/2017. (lcckk3) (Entered: 04/19/2017)
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