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Case TitleFOOD & WATER WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01133
Date Filed2017-06-09
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amy Berman Jackson
PlaintiffFOOD & WATER WATCH, INC.
Case DescriptionFood & Water Watch submitted two FOIA requests to the Food and Safety Inspection Service at the Department of Agriculture for records concerning companies that opted to adopt the New Poultry Inspection System. In response to its first FOIA request, the agency withheld the identities of companies under Exemption 4 (confidential business information). In response to its second FOIA request, the agency disclosed 258 pages with redactions under Exemption 4, Exemption 5 (privileges) and Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy). FWW did not appeal the agency's response to its first request, but did appeal its response to the second request. The agency denied its appeal and Food & Water Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
DefendantFOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE
DefendantFOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
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2017-06-091COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4985186) filed by FOOD & WATER WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons USDA Summons, # 3 Summons FSIS Summons, # 4 Summons US Attorney Summons, # 5 Summons AS AG Summons)(Corrigan, Zachary) (Entered: 06/09/2017)
2017-06-092LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by FOOD & WATER WATCH, INC. (Corrigan, Zachary) (Entered: 06/09/2017)
2017-06-09Case Assigned to Judge Amy Berman Jackson. (jd) (Entered: 06/14/2017)
2017-06-143SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Forms)(jd) (Entered: 06/14/2017)
2017-07-054RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE served on 6/19/2017; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE served on 6/19/2017 (Corrigan, Zachary) (Entered: 07/05/2017)
2017-07-055RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 06/19/17. (Corrigan, Zachary) (Entered: 07/05/2017)
2017-07-056RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 6/26/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 7/26/2017. (Corrigan, Zachary) (Entered: 07/05/2017)
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