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Case TitleKingsley Brothers LLC et al v. US Department of Agriculture
DistrictEastern District of Arkansas
CityLittle Rock
Case Number4:2017cv00400
Date Filed2017-06-19
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge J. Leon Holmes
PlaintiffKingsley Brothers LLC
PlaintiffKiman Kingsley
PlaintiffDover Dixon Horne PLLC their Attorneys
Case DescriptionKingsley Brothers, an organic farm operator, submitted two FOIA requests to the Agricultural Marketing Service at the Department of Agriculture for records concerning the agency's decision to revoke the farm's organic certification. In response to its first FOIA request, the agency located 31 pages and disclosed them with redactions under Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy) and Exemption 7 (law enforcement records). In response to its second FOIA request, the agency identified 424 pages, but withheld all of them under Exemption 7(A) (interference with ongoing investigation or proceeding). Kingsley Brothers filed administrative appeals of both responses, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Kingsley Brothers filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUS Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service
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2017-06-191COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY JUDGMENT AND FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF against US Department of Agriculture filed by Dover Dixon Horne PLLC, Kingsley Brothers LLC, Kiman Kingsley. Summons issued and returned to counsel. (Fee of $400 paid, Receipt #LIT062407.) (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet) (ljb) (Entered: 06/19/2017)
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