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Case TitleVietnam Veterans of America et al v. Defense
DistrictDistrict of Connecticut
CityNew Haven
Case Number3:2017cv01660
Date Filed2017-10-03
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Alvin W. Thompson
PlaintiffVietnam Veterans of America
PlaintiffConnecticut State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America
PlaintiffAnthony D. Maloni
Case DescriptionVietnam Veterans of America, Connecticut State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, and Anthony Maloni submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Defense for records concerning the 1966 clean-up of a nuclear accident near Palomares, Spain caused by a mid-air collision between a B-52 and KC-135 tanker aircraft, which resulted in the disclosure of clouds of radioactive plutonium dust. Maloni and other airmen suffered serious health consequences as a result of their participation in the clean-up. After the agency failed to respond to any of requests, Vietnam Veterans of America, Connecticut State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, and Maloni filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees, Public Interest Fee Waiver

DefendantDepartment of Defense
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Complaint
Complaint attachment 1
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2017-10-031COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $400 receipt number 0205-4554546.), filed by Vietnam Veterans of America, Anthony Maloni, Vietnam Veterans of America Connecticut State Council. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-H)(Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 10/03/2017)
2017-10-03Judge Alvin W. Thompson added. (Anastasio, F.) (Entered: 10/03/2017)
2017-10-032ENTERED IN ERROR - Order on Pretrial Deadlines: Motions to Dismiss due on 01/03/2018. Amended Pleadings due by 12/2/2017 Discovery due by 4/4/2018 Dispositive Motions due by 5/4/2018 Signed by Clerk on 10/3/2017.(Enderlin, M.) Modified to edit docket text on 10/4/2017 (Enderlin, M.). (Entered: 10/03/2017)
2017-10-033ELECTRONIC FILING ORDER - PLEASE ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH COURTESY COPY REQUIREMENTS IN THIS ORDER Signed by Judge Alvin W. Thompson on 10/3/2017.(Enderlin, M.) (Entered: 10/03/2017)
2017-10-034STANDING PROTECTIVE ORDER Signed by Judge Alvin W. Thompson on 10/3/2017.(Enderlin, M.) (Entered: 10/03/2017)
2017-10-035NOTICE TO COUNSEL: Counsel initiating or removing this action are responsible for serving all parties with attached documents and copies of 4 Protective Order, 1 Complaint, filed by Vietnam Veterans of America, Anthony D. Maloni, Connecticut State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, 3 Electronic Filing Order, 2 Order on Pretrial Deadlines Signed by Clerk on 10/3/2017.(Enderlin, M.) (Entered: 10/03/2017)
2017-10-04Docket Entry Correction re 2 Order on Pretrial Deadlines, Entered in Error. (Enderlin, M.) (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-046AMENDED NOTICE TO COUNSEL: Counsel initiating or removing this action are responsible for serving all parties with attached documents and copies of 4 Protective Order, 1 Complaint, filed by Vietnam Veterans of America, Anthony D. Maloni, Connecticut State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, 3 Electronic Filing Order Signed by Clerk on 10/4/2017.(Enderlin, M.) (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-05Request for Clerk to issue summons as to Department of Defense. (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 10/05/2017)
2017-10-067ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 and LR 4 as to *Department of Defense* with answer to complaint due within *30* days. Attorney *Michael J. Wishnie* *Jerome N. Frank Legal Services - Wall St. / Yale Law School* *127 Wall Street* *New Haven, CT 06511*. (Enderlin, M.) (Entered: 10/06/2017)
2017-10-168CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Connecticut State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, Anthony D. Maloni, Vietnam Veterans of America (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 10/16/2017)
2017-11-099NOTICE of Appearance by Natalie Nicole Elicker on behalf of Department of Defense (Elicker, Natalie) (Entered: 11/09/2017)
2017-11-0910MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to 1 Complaint, by Department of Defense. (Elicker, Natalie) (Entered: 11/09/2017)
2017-11-1011RESPONSE re 10 MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to 1 Complaint, filed by Connecticut State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, Anthony D. Maloni, Vietnam Veterans of America. (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 11/10/2017)
2017-11-1412ORDER: The government's Motion for Extension of Time (Doc No. 10 ) to respond to the Complaint (Doc. No. 1 ) is hereby GRANTED up to and including 12/12/2017. It is so ordered. Signed by Judge Alvin W. Thompson on 11/14/2017. (Cole-Chu, H.) (Entered: 11/14/2017)
2017-11-14Answer deadline updated for Department of Defense to 12/12/2017. (Ferguson, L.) (Entered: 11/15/2017)
2017-12-0413MOTION for Leave to Appear Law Student Interns Jacob Bennett, Meghan Brooks, John Frawley Attorney Michael J. Wishnie. by Connecticut State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, Anthony D. Maloni, Vietnam Veterans of America. (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
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