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Case TitleCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY v. UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01270
Date Filed2017-06-28
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amy Berman Jackson
PlaintiffCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Case DescriptionThe Center for Biological Diversity submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning revised water quality criteria for cadium from a specific docket. The agency granted the Center's request for a fee waiver. The agency located 654 responsive records and disclosed 287 records in full. The agency withheld 280 records in full and partially disclosed a further 87 records. The agency cited Exemption 5 (privileges) and Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy) as the basis for its decision to withhold records. The Center filed an administrative appeal. The agency granted the Center's appeal to the extent that the response had failed to adequately explain the basis for exemption claims. However, it upheld other portions of the exemption claims. In response to the agency's remand of the appeal, the agency disclosed an additional 11 documents with fewer redactions and provided 34 records that had previously been withheld. The Center for Biological Diversity then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Segregability, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
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2017-06-281COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5010232) filed by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(Connor, Hannah) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-06-282Corporate Disclosure Statement by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY. (Connor, Hannah) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-06-283MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Emily Jeffers, :Firm- Center for Biological Diversity, :Address- 1212 Broadway, Suite 800, Oakland, CA 94612. Phone No. - (510) 844-7109. Fax No. - n/a Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-5010291. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Connor, Hannah) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-06-30Case Assigned to Judge Amy Berman Jackson. (zsb) (Entered: 06/30/2017)
2017-06-304SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(zsb) (Entered: 06/30/2017)
2017-06-30MINUTE ORDER granting 3 Motion for Leave of Emily Jeffers to Appear Pro Hac Vice only upon condition that the lawyer admitted, or at least one member of the lawyer's firm, undergo CM/ECF training, obtain a CM/ECF username and password, and agree to file papers electronically. No court papers will be mailed to any lawyer. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 6/30/17. (DMK) (Entered: 06/30/2017)
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by FOIA Project Staff