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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv00816
Date Filed2017-05-03
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Case DescriptionThe Center for Biological Diversity submitted two FOIA requests to the EPA for records concerning communications sent to or from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt since he was confirmed. The agency told the Center its request was too broad. The Center appealed the denial and the agency affirmed its original decision, indicating that the Center's request was too burdensome to process. The Center's second FOIA request asked for records concerning Pruitt's schedule. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told the Center that it would begin processing the request. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, the Center filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2017-05-031COMPLAINT against U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4937296) filed by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons to EPA, # 3 Summons to U.S Attorney General, # 4 Summons to U.S. Attorney)(Atwood, Amy) (Entered: 05/03/2017)
2017-05-032Corporate Disclosure Statement by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, INC.. (Atwood, Amy) (Entered: 05/03/2017)
2017-05-03Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (md) (Entered: 05/04/2017)
2017-05-043GENERAL ORDER AND GUIDELINES FOR CIVIL CASES BEFORE JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON. The Court will hold the parties and counsel responsible for following these directives, and parties and counsel should pay particular attention to the Courts instructions for briefing motions and filing exhibits. Failure to adhere to this Order may, when appropriate, result the imposition of sanctions and/or sua sponte denial of non-conforming motions. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 5/4/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 05/04/2017)
2017-05-044SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Consent) (md) (Entered: 05/04/2017)
2017-05-045MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Margaret E. Townsend, :Firm- Center for Biological Diversity, :Address- P.O. Box 11374. Phone No. - (971) 717-6409. Fax No. - (503) 283-5528 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-4940895. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, INC. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Margaret E. Townsend, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Atwood, Amy) (Entered: 05/04/2017)
2017-05-08MINUTE ORDER granting 5 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. It is hereby ORDERED that Margaret E. Townsend is admitted pro hac vice in this matter as counsel for Plaintiff. Ms. Townsend is advised that, if she intends to appear in any additional matters in this Court in the next two years, she must submit a Petition for admission to the Bar of this Court. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 05/08/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 05/08/2017)
2017-05-186NOTICE of Appearance by Marina Utgoff Braswell on behalf of U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 05/18/2017)
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