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Case TitleAMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02599
Date Filed2017-12-05
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffAMERICAN OVERSIGHT
Case DescriptionAmerican Oversight submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning actual or planned expenses for renovating or redecorating offices and waiting rooms of officials subject to Senate confirmation. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. American Oversight sent a follow-up letter requesting a fee waiver. After hearing nothing further from the agency, American Oversight filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
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2017-12-051COMPLAINT against U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5234180) filed by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons for USAO, # 3 Summons for AG, # 4 Summons for EPA)(Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 12/05/2017)
2017-12-052LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT (Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 12/05/2017)
2017-12-08Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zsb) (Entered: 12/08/2017)
2017-12-083SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 12/08/2017)
2017-12-114ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 12/11/17. (DM) (Entered: 12/11/2017)
2017-12-205RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 12/13/2017. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 1/12/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 12/13/17., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY served on 12/12/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 12/20/2017)
2018-01-086NOTICE of Appearance by Marsha Wellknown Yee on behalf of U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (Yee, Marsha) (Entered: 01/08/2018)
2018-01-087MOTION for Extension of Time to File Defendant's Response to Plaintiff's Complaint by U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Yee, Marsha) (Entered: 01/08/2018)
2018-01-098RESPONSE re 7 MOTION for Extension of Time to File Defendant's Response to Plaintiff's Complaint filed by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 01/09/2018)
2018-01-09MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of Defendant's 7 Motion for Extension of Time to File Defendant's Response to Plaintiff's Complaint, and Plaintiff's 8 Response thereto. Defendant moves for an extension of time from January 12, 2018 to February 12, 2018 to file its response to Plaintiff's complaint. Defendant represents that the EPA needs additional time to prepare its response to the complaint, and that defense counsel is busy with other matters. This is the first request for an extension that Defendant has sought. Plaintiff has filed a response indicating that it only consents to Defendant receiving an extension if the Court sets a deadline for a Joint Status Report regarding the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request one week after Defendant's Answer is due. Defendant's motion is GRANTED. Defendant shall file its Answer by no later than FEBRUARY 12, 2018. In addition, the Court ORDERS that the parties shall MEET AND CONFER and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule should address the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, etc. The parties shall file the schedule not later than FEBRUARY 19, 2018. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 1/9/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 01/09/2018)
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