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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00509
Date Filed2017-03-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amit P. Mehta
Case DescriptionCause of Action Institute submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning coomunications received by agency employees using the app Signal. Cause of Action Institute also requested a fee waiver and expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency denied Cause of Action Institute's request for expedited processing and told Cause of Action that the cost of responding would be less than the minimum amount chargeable. Cause of Action Institute filed an administrative appeal pertaining to the denial of its request for expedited processing. The agency upheld its decision on expedited processing. Cause of Action Institute then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2017-03-211COMPLAINT against ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4883481) filed by CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Civil Cover Sheet, # 7 Summons EPA, # 8 Summons AG, # 9 Summons Clerk)(Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
2017-03-212Corporate Disclosure Statement by CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE. (Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
2017-03-213NOTICE of Appearance by Lee A. Steven on behalf of CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE (Steven, Lee) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
2017-03-21Case Assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. (md) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
2017-03-214SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Consent) (md) (Entered: 03/21/2017)
2017-03-275RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY served on 3/27/2017 (Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 03/27/2017)
2017-03-276RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 3/27/2017. (Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 03/27/2017)
2017-03-277RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/27/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/26/2017. (Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 03/27/2017)
2017-04-268ANSWER to Complaint by ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.(Simon, Jeremy) (Entered: 04/26/2017)
2017-04-279ORDER: Both a Complaint and an Answer are now before the court in this FOIA case. It is hereby ordered that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report on or before May 12, 2017. See the attached Order for additional details. Signed by Amit P. Mehta on 04/27/2017. (lcapm1) (Entered: 04/27/2017)
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