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Case TitleWHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02264
Date Filed2017-11-01
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Emmet G. Sullivan
PlaintiffWHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT
Case DescriptionThe White Coat Waste Project submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Veterans Affairs for records concerning the number of dogs used at the Stokes VAMC and their treatment. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. It withheld protocols under Exemption 5 (privileges). WCW filed an administrative appeal. WCW submitted a second FOIA request to Veterans Affairs for invoices for lab dogs and their use. In response to this request, the agency withheld records about the protocols under Exemption 4 (confidential business information) and Exemption 5 (privileges). WCW filed an administrative appeal of its second request as well. The agency acknowledged receipt of the appeals, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, White Coat Waste Project filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
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2017-11-011COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5184665) filed by WHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, # 3 Summons to U.S. Attorney General, # 4 Summons to U.S. Attorney's Office)(Strugar, Matthew) (Attachment 1 replaced on 11/8/2017) (znmw). (Entered: 11/01/2017)
2017-11-012NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by WHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT. Case related to Case No. 17-cv-1155. (Strugar, Matthew). Modified to replace fillable related case form on 11/3/2017 (jd). (Entered: 11/01/2017)
2017-11-01Case Assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (jd) (Entered: 11/03/2017)
2017-11-033STANDING ORDER: The parties are directed to read the attached Standing Order Governing Civil Cases Before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in its entirety upon receipt. The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives in the attached Standing Order. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 11/03/17. (Attachment: # 1 Exhibit 1) (mac) (Entered: 11/03/2017)
2017-11-074SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(jd) (Entered: 11/07/2017)
2017-11-075LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by WHITE COAT WASTE PROJECT (Strugar, Matthew) (Main Document 5 replaced on 11/8/2017) (znmw). (Entered: 11/07/2017)
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