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Case TitleCENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02426
Date Filed2017-11-09
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Emmet G. Sullivan
PlaintiffCENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY
Case DescriptionThe Center for Public Integrity submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Commerce for records concerning communications between David Maggi, chief of the ethics law and program division, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency disclosed 11 pages and withheld 433 documents. The Center for Public Integrity filed an administrative appeal of the denial. The agency acknowledged receipt of the appeal. The Center for Public Integrity also submitted two FOIA requests to the Office of Government Ethics. The first FOIA request asked for records concerning possible conflicts of interest pertaining to Secretary Ross. The second FOIA request asked for records concerning Todd Ricketts. The Center for Public Integrity requested expedited processing for both requests, which was granted by the Office of Government Ethics. However, after hearing nothing further from either agency, the Center for Public Integrity filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
DefendantU.S. OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS
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2017-11-091COMPLAINT against ALL DEFENDANTS ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5199862) filed by CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons to Dept. of Commerce, # 3 Summons to OGE, # 4 Summons to U.S. Attorney, # 5 Summons to Attorney General)(Smith, Peter) (Entered: 11/09/2017)
2017-11-092LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY (Smith, Peter) (Main Document 2 replaced on 11/30/2017) (znmw). (Entered: 11/09/2017)
2017-11-09Case Assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (md) (Entered: 11/13/2017)
2017-11-133SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, U.S. OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Consent) (md) (Entered: 11/13/2017)
2017-11-144STANDING 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 11/14/17. (Attachment: # Exhibit 1) (mac) (Entered: 11/14/2017)
2017-11-155RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 11/14/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 12/14/2017. (Smith, Peter) (Entered: 11/15/2017)
2017-11-286RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE served on 11/27/2017; U.S. OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS served on 11/17/2017, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 11/27/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit USPS Tracking Info - Commerce, # 2 Exhibit USPS Tracking Info - OGE, # 3 Exhibit USPS Tracking Info - Attorney General)(Smith, Peter) (Entered: 11/28/2017)
2017-12-057RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - USPS Tracking Info - OGE, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Returned Envelope)(Smith, Peter) (Entered: 12/05/2017)
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