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Case TitleAmerican Civil Liberties Union v. Department of Health & Human Services et al
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2017cv05514
Date Filed2017-07-20
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge George B. Daniels
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union
Case DescriptionThe American Civil Liberties Union submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury for records concerning new religious exemptions that would allow discrimination against LGBT individuals, women, religious minorities, people seeking reproductive healthcare, and children who receive services from federally-funded programs. The ACLU also requested a fee waiver. After hearing nothing further from any of the agencies, the ACLU filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDepartment of Health and Human Services
DefendantDepartment of Justice
DefendantDepartment of the Treasury
DefendantDepartment of Labor
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2017-07-201COMPLAINT against Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number 0208-13920320)Document filed by American Civil Liberties Union. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit)(Block, Joshua) (Entered: 07/20/2017)
2017-07-202FILING ERROR - DEFICIENT PLEADING -PDF ERROR CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Block, Joshua) Modified on 7/21/2017 (rch). (Entered: 07/20/2017)
2017-07-203RULE 7.1 CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. No Corporate Parent. Document filed by American Civil Liberties Union.(Block, Joshua) (Entered: 07/20/2017)
2017-07-204REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to Department of Justice, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Department of Justice. (Block, Joshua) (Entered: 07/20/2017)
2017-07-205REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to Department of Health and Human Services, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Department of Health & Human Services. (Block, Joshua) (Entered: 07/20/2017)
2017-07-206REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to Department of Labor, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Department of Labor. (Block, Joshua) (Entered: 07/20/2017)
2017-07-207REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to Department of the Treasury, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Department of the Treasury. (Block, Joshua) (Entered: 07/20/2017)
2017-07-21***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING DEFICIENT CIVIL COVER SHEET. Notice to attorney Joshua Abraham Block to RE-FILE Document No. 2 Civil Cover Sheet. The filing is deficient for the following reason(s): only the Civil Cover Sheet should be filed under the event Civil Cover Sheet with no attachments;. Re-file the document using the event type Civil Cover Sheet found under the event list Other Documents and attach the correct PDF. Use civil cover sheet issued by S.D.N.Y. dated June 2017. The S.D.N.Y. Civil Cover Sheet dated June 2017 is located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/file/forms/civil-cover-sheet.. (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-21***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING CIVIL. CASE OPENING STATISTICAL ERROR CORRECTION: Notice to attorney Joshua Abraham Block. The following case opening statistical information was erroneously selected/entered: Jurisdiction code 3 (Federal Question);. The following correction(s) have been made to your case entry: the Jurisdiction code has been modified to 2 (U.S. Government Defendant);. (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-21***NOTICE TO ATTORNEY REGARDING PARTY MODIFICATION. Notice to attorney Joshua Abraham Block. The party information for the following party/parties has been modified: American Civil Liberties Union, Department of Health & Human Services. The information for the party/parties has been modified for the following reason/reasons: party role was entered incorrectly; party name entered incorrectly, address shown on docket. (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-218ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-219ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-2110ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Department of Labor, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-2111ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Department of the Treasury, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-21CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge George B. Daniels. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/judges/District . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Please download and review the ECF Rules and Instructions, located at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf_filing.php . (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-21Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein is so designated. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 636(c) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73(b)(1) parties are notified that they may consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge. Parties who wish to consent may access the necessary form at the following link: http://nysd.uscourts.gov/forms.php . (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-21Case Designated ECF. (rch) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-2112CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (Block, Joshua) (Entered: 07/21/2017)
2017-07-2413INITIAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE: Initial Conference set for 10/3/2017 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 11A, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007 before Judge George B. Daniels, as further set forth in this order. (Signed by Judge George B. Daniels on 7/24/2017) (jwh) (Entered: 07/24/2017)
2017-08-0114SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED. Department of Justice served on 7/31/2017, answer due 8/21/2017. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by American Civil Liberties Union. (Block, Joshua) (Entered: 08/01/2017)
2017-08-0115SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED. Department of Health and Human Services served on 7/31/2017, answer due 8/21/2017. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by American Civil Liberties Union. (Block, Joshua) (Entered: 08/01/2017)
2017-08-0116SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED. Department of Labor served on 7/28/2017, answer due 8/18/2017. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by American Civil Liberties Union. (Block, Joshua) (Entered: 08/01/2017)
2017-08-0117SUMMONS RETURNED EXECUTED. Department of the Treasury served on 7/31/2017, answer due 8/21/2017. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by American Civil Liberties Union. (Block, Joshua) (Entered: 08/01/2017)
2017-08-1718LETTER MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer or otherwise respond to the complaint, and to adjourn the October 3, 2017 initial conference addressed to Judge George B. Daniels from AUSA Michael J. Byars dated August 17, 2017. Document filed by Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury.(Byars, Michael) (Entered: 08/17/2017)
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