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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01329
Date Filed2017-07-06
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Tanya S. Chutkan
Case DescriptionCause of Action Institute submitted two FOIA requests to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for records concerning the retention of social media messages. Cause of Action Institute requested a fee waiver for its first request and expedited processing as part of its second request. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. It granted Cause of Action's fee waiver request pertaining to its first FOIA request and denied its request for expedited processing in regard to the second FOIA request. The agency indicated that no charges would be incurred as a result of processing the second FOIA request, but later changed its mind and told Cause of Action to provide further information to supplement its fee waiver request. Cause of Action did so. The agency then invoked unusual circumstances. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Cause of Action Institute filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Failure to respond within statutory time limit

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2017-07-061COMPLAINT against NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5019618) filed by CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Exhibit 7, # 8 Exhibit 8, # 9 Exhibit 9, # 10 Exhibit 10, # 11 Exhibit 11, # 12 Civil Cover Sheet, # 13 Summons NOAA, # 14 Summons USAG, # 15 Summons Civil Process Clerk)(Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 07/06/2017)
2017-07-062LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE (Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 07/06/2017)
2017-07-06Case Assigned to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (sth) (Entered: 07/06/2017)
2017-07-063SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 07/06/2017)
2017-07-064NOTICE of Appearance by Eric R. Bolinder on behalf of CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE (Bolinder, Eric) (Entered: 07/06/2017)
2017-07-065NOTICE of Appearance by Julie A. Smith on behalf of CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE (Smith, Julie) (Entered: 07/06/2017)
2017-07-106RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION served on 7/7/2017 (Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 07/10/2017)
2017-07-107RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 7/10/2017. (Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 07/10/2017)
2017-07-108RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/10/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/9/2017. (Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 07/10/2017)
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