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Case TitleNatural Resources Defense Council v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2017cv05928
Date Filed2017-08-04
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Jesse M. Furman
PlaintiffNatural Resources Defense Council
Case DescriptionThe Natural Resources Defense Council submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning the recusal or participation of Deputy Assistant Administrator Nancy Beck, who had previously worked for the American Chemistry Council, on issues involving regulation of chemical waste. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The NRDC had several contacts with the agency concerning the request, particularly its scope. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, the NRDC filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Complaint attachment 1
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2017-08-041COMPLAINT against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number 0208-13982905)Document filed by Natural Resources Defense Council. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Wang, Vivian) (Entered: 08/04/2017)
2017-08-042CIVIL COVER SHEET filed. (Wang, Vivian) (Entered: 08/04/2017)
2017-08-043REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, re: 1 Complaint. Document filed by Natural Resources Defense Council. (Wang, Vivian) (Entered: 08/04/2017)
2017-08-044RULE 7.1 CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. No Corporate Parent. Document filed by Natural Resources Defense Council.(Wang, Vivian) (Entered: 08/04/2017)
2017-08-07CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge Jesse M. Furman. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at . 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 . (kl) (Entered: 08/07/2017)
2017-08-07Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker 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: . (kl) (Entered: 08/07/2017)
2017-08-07Case Designated ECF. (kl) (Entered: 08/07/2017)
2017-08-075ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (kl) (Entered: 08/07/2017)
2017-08-086NOTICE OF INITIAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE: Counsel are directed to confer with each other prior to the conference regarding settlement and each of the other subjects to be considered at a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16 conference. Additionally, in accordance with Paragraph 2.B of the Court's Individual Rules and Practices, which are available at, the parties are hereby ORDERED to file on ECF a joint letter, described below, as well as a proposed Civil Case Management Plan and Scheduling Order attached as an exhibit to the joint letter, no later than Thursday of the week prior to the initial pretrial conference. The parties shall use this Court's form Proposed Civil Case Management Plan and Scheduling Order, which is also available at Any open legal issues can be addressed at the conference as set forth in this order. Initial Conference set for 10/25/2017 at 04:30 PM in Courtroom 1105, 40 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007 before Judge Jesse M. Furman. (Signed by Judge Jesse M. Furman on 8/8/2017) (rj) (Entered: 08/08/2017)
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