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Case TitlePROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02440
Date Filed2017-11-13
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffPROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC.
Case DescriptionThe Protect Democracy Project submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and OMB for records concerning the government's response to Hurricane Maria. Both FEMA and OMB acknowledged receipt of Protect Democracy Project's request and indicated they would start processing the request. DHS did not acknowledge Protect Democracy Project's request. After hearing nothing from the agencies, Protect Democracy Project filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DefendantFEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
DefendantOFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
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2017-11-131COMPLAINT against FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5201978) filed by PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit Exhibit H, # 9 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet, # 10 Declaration Certificate Rule LCvR 7.1, # 11 Summons AG Summons, # 12 Summons DHS Summons, # 13 Summons FEMA Summons, # 14 Summons OMB Summons, # 15 Summons US Atty Summons)(Berwick, Benjamin) (Entered: 11/13/2017)
2017-11-132LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC. (zsb) (Entered: 11/16/2017)
2017-11-163ERRATA by PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC. 1 Complaint,, filed by PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Corrected Complaint)(Berwick, Benjamin) (Entered: 11/16/2017)
2017-11-16Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zsb) (Entered: 11/17/2017)
2017-11-174SUMMONS (5) Issued Electronically as to FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 11/17/2017)
2017-11-295RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 11/27/2017. (Berwick, Benjamin) (Entered: 11/29/2017)
2017-11-296RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 11/27/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 12/27/2017. (Berwick, Benjamin) (Entered: 11/29/2017)
2017-11-297RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY served on 11/27/2017; OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET served on 11/27/2017; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 11/27/2017 (Berwick, Benjamin) (Entered: 11/29/2017)
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