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Case TitlePUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY v. UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01780
Date Filed2017-08-31
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Christopher R. Cooper
PlaintiffPUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
Case DescriptionPublic Employees for Environmental Responsibility submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's announcement that he would create a task force to recommend changes in the administration of the Superfund program. PEER also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and granted PEER a fee waiver. The agency published the recommendations of the Superfund task force, but that report only responded to a portion of PEER's request. After hearing nothing further from the agency, PEER filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantUNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
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2017-08-311COMPLAINT against ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5097597) filed by PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons Summons EPA, # 3 Summons Summons US Attorney General, # 4 Summons Summons US Attorney DC, # 5 Declaration Corp. Disclosure)(Dinerstein, Paula) (Entered: 08/31/2017)
2017-08-31Case Assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. (zsb) (Entered: 08/31/2017)
2017-08-312LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY (zsb) (Entered: 08/31/2017)
2017-08-313SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(zsb) (Entered: 08/31/2017)
2017-09-074ENTERED IN ERROR.....RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/6/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/6/2017. (Dinerstein, Paula) Modified on 9/8/2017 (znmw). (Entered: 09/07/2017)
2017-09-08NOTICE OF ERROR re 4 Summons Returned Executed in FOIA as to U.S. Attorney; emailed to pdinerstein@peer.org, cc'd 1 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Incorrect header/caption/case number, 2. Incorrect document/case, 3. Please refile document, 4. ENTERED IN ERROR; Incorrect document attached; Refile as to US Attorney; Also file as to US Attorney General and Federal Defendant. (znmw, ) (Entered: 09/08/2017)
2017-09-085RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/6/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/6/2017. (Dinerstein, Paula) (Entered: 09/08/2017)
2017-09-086NOTICE of Appearance by Johnny Hillary Walker, III on behalf of UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 09/08/2017)
2017-09-11NOTICE OF ERROR re 5 Summons Returned Executed in FOIA as to U.S. Attorney; emailed to pdinerstein@peer.org, cc'd 3 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. Two-part docket entry, 2. Please refile document, 3. Additional entries required; Also file as a Summons Returned Executed as to US Attorney General and Summons Returned Executed as to Federal Defendant. (znmw, ) (Entered: 09/11/2017)
2017-09-127RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/6/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/6/2017. (Dinerstein, Paula) Modified date of service and deadline on 9/13/2017 (znmw). (Entered: 09/12/2017)
2017-09-128RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 9/7/2017. (Dinerstein, Paula) (Entered: 09/12/2017)
2017-09-129RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY served on 9/6/2017 (Dinerstein, Paula) (Entered: 09/12/2017)
2017-10-0610ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.(Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-06MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by October 20, 2017. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 10/6/2017. (lccrc1) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule due by 10/20/2017 (lsj) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-2011Joint STATUS REPORT and Proposed Schedule by UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. (Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 10/20/2017)
2017-10-24MINUTE ORDER: In light of the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a joint status report on or before November 20, 2017. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 10/24/2017. (lccrc1). (Entered: 10/24/2017)
2017-10-24Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/20/2017 (lsj) (Entered: 10/24/2017)
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