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Case TitlePUBLIC CITIZEN, INC. v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02582
Date Filed2017-12-04
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffPUBLIC CITIZEN, INC.
Case DescriptionPublic Citizen submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for records concerning travel and security costs for Secretary Ben Carson, and travel and security costs for former Secretary Shaun Donavan during his first year as Secretary. Public Citizen also requested a fee waiver. The agency denied Public Citizen's request for a fee waiver. Public Citizen filed an administrative appeal and the agency upheld its denial of a fee waiver. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Public Citizen filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
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2017-12-041COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5231688) filed by Public Citizen, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons to United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, # 3 Summons to the United States Attorney, # 4 Summons to the Attorney General)(Smullin, Rebecca) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-042LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by Public Citizen, Inc. (Smullin, Rebecca) (Entered: 12/04/2017)
2017-12-04Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zsth) (Entered: 12/05/2017)
2017-12-053SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsth) (Entered: 12/05/2017)
2017-12-084NOTICE of Appearance by Patrick D. Llewellyn on behalf of PUBLIC CITIZEN, INC. (Llewellyn, Patrick) (Entered: 12/08/2017)
2017-12-085RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 12/5/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 1/4/2018. (Smullin, Rebecca) (Entered: 12/08/2017)
2017-12-146RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 12/11/17. (Smullin, Rebecca) (Entered: 12/14/2017)
2017-12-187NOTICE of Appearance by Jason Todd Cohen on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (Cohen, Jason) (Entered: 12/18/2017)
2017-12-198Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Cohen, Jason) (Entered: 12/19/2017)
2017-12-19MINUTE ORDER granting 8 Defendant's Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time: It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall have until February 5, 2018 to answer or otherwise respond to Plaintiff's Complaint. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 12/19/2017. (lcrc1) (Entered: 12/19/2017)
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