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Case TitlePUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01374
Date Filed2017-07-13
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffPUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
Case DescriptionPublic Employees for Environmental Responsibility submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Agriculture for records concerning an Inspector General's report entitled "NRCS: Wetland Conservation Provisions in the Prairie Pothole Region." The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, PEER filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250
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2017-07-131COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5030288) filed by PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY. (Attachments: # 1 Summons DOJ, # 2 Summons Attorney General, # 3 Summons USDA, # 4 Civil Cover Sheet, # 5 Supplement)(Dinerstein, Paula) (Entered: 07/13/2017)
2017-07-13Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (sth) (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-07-142SUMMONS (2) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-07-143REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE filed by PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY.(Dinerstein, Paula) (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-07-184SUMMONS (1) Issued Electronically as to U.S. Attorney (jf) Modified party served on 7/19/2017 (znmw). (Entered: 07/18/2017)
2017-07-205ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 7/20/17.(DM) (Entered: 07/20/2017)
2017-07-256RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/24/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/23/2017. (Dinerstein, Paula) (Entered: 07/25/2017)
2017-07-257RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 7/24/2017., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE served on 7/21/2017. (See Docket Entry 6 to view document). (znmw) (Entered: 07/26/2017)
2017-08-228NOTICE of Appearance by Melanie Dyani Hendry on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 08/22/2017)
2017-08-229ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.(Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 08/22/2017)
2017-08-2810ORDER. The parties shall file the schedule not later than OCTOBER 2, 2017. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 8/28/2017. (lcckk1) (Entered: 08/28/2017)
2017-08-28Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Meet & Confer Statement due by 10/2/2017. (dot) (Entered: 09/01/2017)
2017-09-2811Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 09/28/2017)
2017-10-05MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 11 Joint Proposed Schedule and Status Report. In light of the parties' representation that they are engaged in discussions that may narrow the scope of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on NOVEMBER 2, 2017, updating the Court on their progress, and indicating how they intend to proceed. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 10/5/2017. (lcckk1) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-05Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/2/2017. (dot) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-3112Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 10/31/2017)
2017-11-17MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 12 Joint Proposed Schedule and Status Report. In light of the parties' representation that they conferred and agreed to narrow the scope of the FOIA request, and Defendant's representation that the agency has experienced staffing and technical issues with respect to processing documents within the remaining scope, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before FEBRUARY 1, 2018 , updating the Court on their progress, and indicating how they intend to proceed. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on November 17, 2017. (lcckk1) (Entered: 11/17/2017)
2017-11-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 2/1/2018. (dot) (Entered: 11/22/2017)
2018-02-0113Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 02/01/2018)
2018-02-02MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 13 Joint Proposed Schedule and Status Report. The parties represent that Defendant's search for and processing of records response to Plaintiff's FOIA request is ongoing. Defendant has made rolling productions to Plaintiff since the parties' last Status Report, and will continue to make rolling productions each month going forward. Accordingly, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before APRIL 2, 2018, updating the Court on their progress, and indicating how they intend to proceed. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 2/2/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 02/02/2018)
2018-02-02Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 4/2/2018. (dot) (Entered: 02/05/2018)
2018-04-0214Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-13MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 14 Joint Status Report. Defendant has made rolling productions to Plaintiff since the parties' 13 Joint Proposed Schedule and Status Report, and will continue to make rolling productions each month going forward. Accordingly, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before JUNE 15, 2018 , updating the Court on their progress, and indicating how they intend to proceed. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on April 13, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 04/13/2018)
2018-04-13Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/15/2018. (dot) (Entered: 04/13/2018)
2018-06-1415Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 06/14/2018)
2018-07-09MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 15 Joint Status Report. Defendant has continued processing records and indicates that it will make rolling productions each month going forward. Accordingly, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 , updating the Court on their progress, and indicating how they intend to proceed. As part of this update, the Joint Status Report shall specify the total number of pages that Defendant has released to date, as well as the total number of pages released since the parties' last 15 Joint Status Report. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on July 9, 2018. (lcckk1 ) (Entered: 07/09/2018)
2018-07-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/14/2018. (dot) (Entered: 07/11/2018)
2018-09-1316Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 09/13/2018)
2018-09-17MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 16 Joint Status Report. Defendant has continued processing records and indicates that it will make rolling productions each month going forward. Accordingly, the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before NOVEMBER 14, 2018 , updating the Court on their progress, and indicating how they intend to proceed. As part of this update, the Joint Status Report shall specify the total number of pages that Defendant has released to date, as well as the total number of pages released since the parties' last 16 Joint Status Report. The parties shall continue to file Joint Status Reports every 60 days thereafter, unless and until the Court orders otherwise. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on September 17, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 09/17/2018)
2018-09-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/14/2018, updating the Court on their progress, and indicating how they intend to proceed. (dot) (Entered: 09/19/2018)
2018-11-1417Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 11/14/2018)
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