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Case TitleREYES v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02548
Date Filed2017-11-27
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffFELICIANA G. REYES
Case DescriptionFeliciana Reyes, a 90-year-old who had served as a guerilla in the Philippines in World War II, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Education for records concerning the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and denied Reyes' request, citing Exemption 5 (privileges). Reyes filed an administrative appeal. The agency granted the appeal in part. Reyes then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Adequacy - Search

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
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2017-11-271COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5222010) filed by FELICIANA G. REYES. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Exhibit 7, # 8 Exhibit 8, # 9 Exhibit 9, # 10 Exhibit 10, # 11 Exhibit 11, # 12 Civil Cover Sheet, # 13 Summons to United States Department of Education, # 14 Summons to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, # 15 Summons to U.S. Attorney General)(Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 11/27/2017)
2017-11-272NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by FELICIANA G. REYES. Case related to Case No. 1:17-cv-01497-CKK. (Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 11/27/2017)
2017-11-273NOTICE of Appearance by Louis S. Mastriani on behalf of FELICIANA G. REYES (Mastriani, Louis) (Entered: 11/27/2017)
2017-11-29Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zsb) (Entered: 11/29/2017)
2017-11-294SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 11/29/2017)
2017-12-015WITHDRAWN PURSUANT TO MINUTE ORDER FILED 12/11/2017..... MOTION for Preliminary Injunction by FELICIANA G. REYES (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support of Motion for a Preliminary Injunction, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Declaration of Seth A. Watkins, # 4 Exhibit 1 to Watkins Declaration, # 5 Exhibit 2 to Watkins Declaration, # 6 Exhibit 3 to Watkins Declaration, # 7 Exhibit 4 to Watkins Declaration, # 8 Exhibit 5 to Watkins Declaration, # 9 Exhibit 6 to Watkins Declaration, # 10 Exhibit 7 to Watkins Declaration, # 11 Exhibit 8 to Watkins Declaration, # 12 Exhibit 9 to Watkins Declaration, # 13 Exhibit 10 to Watkins Declaration, # 14 Exhibit 11 to Watkins Declaration, # 15 Exhibit 12 to Watkins Declaration, # 16 Exhibit 13 to Watkins Declaration, # 17 Exhibit 14 to Watkins Declaration, # 18 Exhibit 15 to Watkins Declaration, # 19 Exhibit 16 to Watkins Declaration)(Watkins, Seth) Modified on 12/12/2017 (znmw). (Entered: 12/01/2017)
2017-12-046RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 12/1/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 12/31/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Seth A. Watkins)(Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-047RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION served on 12/4/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Seth A. Watkins)(Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-048RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 12/04/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Seth A. Watkins)(Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-049NOTICE of Appearance by Marina Utgoff Braswell on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-04MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received Plaintiff's 5 Motion for a Preliminary Injunction. The Court has arranged a teleconference on the record with the parties on DECEMBER 5, 2017, at 3:00 PM to discuss a briefing schedule in this case. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on December 4, 2017. (lcckk1) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-04Set/Reset Hearings: Telephone Conference on the record set for 12/5/2017 at 3:00 PM in Chambers before Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (dot) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-05MINUTE ORDER: The Court held a teleconference on the record with the parties on December 5, 2017, regarding the status of this case. The parties informed the Court that they have discussed the issue underlying Plaintiff's 5 Motion for Preliminary Injunction and have agreed upon a processing schedule. Accordingly, they have agreed to file a consent order setting forth the proposed processing schedule and Plaintiff's withdrawal of the 5 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. With the parties' consent, the Court orders that the parties shall file the aforementioned consent order no later than DECEMBER 7, 2017 . Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on December 5, 2017. (lcckk1) (Entered: 12/05/2017)
2017-12-05Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly: Telephone Conference held on 12/5/2017. (Court Reporter Crystal Pilgrim.) (dot) (Entered: 12/06/2017)
2017-12-0710NOTICE of Proposed Order -- Joint Proposed Consent Order by FELICIANA G. REYES (Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 12/07/2017)
2017-12-11MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 10 [Joint Proposed] Consent Order. In view of the telephonic scheduling conference conducted with the parties on December 5, 2017, and with the consent of the parties, Plaintiff's 5 Motion for a Preliminary Injunction is deemed WITHDRAWN as moot in view of Defendant's agreement to conduct a supplemental search for responsive records with respect to the FOIA request in dispute in this action. By JANUARY 10, 2018 , Defendant shall provide Plaintiff with an interim release of responsive, non-exempt records or portions thereof located as a result of its supplemental search. By JANUARY 31, 2018 , Defendant shall complete processing of all records it has located as a result of its new search, provide a final release to Plaintiff of all remaining responsive, non-exempt records or portions thereof, and specify with respect to all records it has released during this action the total number of pages released and all exemptions asserted for all withholdings. By FEBRUARY 9, 2018 , the parties shall file a Joint Status Report with the Court identifying what, if any, issues remain and proposing a schedule for further proceedings in this case. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on December 11, 2017. (lcckk1) (Entered: 12/11/2017)
2017-12-12Set/Reset Deadlines: By 1/10/2018, Defendant shall provide Plaintiff with an interim release of responsive, non-exempt records or portions thereof located as a result of its supplemental search; By 1/31/2018, Defendant shall complete processing of all records it has located as a result of its new search, provide a final release to Plaintiff of all remaining responsive, non-exempt records or portions thereof, and specify with respect to all records it has released during this action the total number of pages released and all exemptions asserted for all withholdings; Joint Status Report due by 2/9/2018. (kt) (Entered: 12/12/2017)
2018-01-0211ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.(Braswell, Marina) (Entered: 01/02/2018)
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