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Case TitleALMEDA v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02641
Date Filed2017-12-08
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Tanya S. Chutkan
PlaintiffCELESTINO G. ALMEDA
Case DescriptionCelestino Alameda, who fought as a guerilla in the Philippines during World War II, submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of Education for records concerning himself, and benefits for Filipino vets from the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Alameda submitted another FOIA request to the Department of Veterans Affairs for similar information. After hearing nothing further from either agency, Alameda filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
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2017-12-081COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5239882) filed by CELESTINO G. ALMEDA. (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 Exhibit 12, # 13 Exhibit 13, # 14 Civil Cover Sheet, # 15 Summons to U.S. Department of Education, # 16 Summons to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, # 17 Summons to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, # 18 Summons to U.S. Attorney General)(Watkins, Seth) (Attachment 14 replaced on 12/12/2017) (zsth). (Entered: 12/08/2017)
2017-12-082NOTICE OF RELATED CASE by CELESTINO G. ALMEDA. Case related to Case No. 17-1497 and 17-2548. (Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 12/08/2017)
2017-12-08Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zsth) (Entered: 12/12/2017)
2017-12-123SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsth) (Entered: 12/12/2017)
2017-12-144Case randomly reassigned to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is no longer assigned to the case. (ztnr) (Entered: 12/14/2017)
2017-12-145NOTICE of Appearance by Johnny Hillary Walker, III on behalf of All Defendants (Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 12/14/2017)
2017-12-146RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 12/12/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 1/11/2018. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Seth A. Watkins)(Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 12/14/2017)
2017-12-147RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION served on 12/13/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Seth A. Watkins)(Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 12/14/2017)
2017-12-148RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS served on 12/14/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Seth A. Watkins)(Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 12/14/2017)
2017-12-149RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 12/14/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Seth A. Watkins)(Watkins, Seth) (Entered: 12/14/2017)
2018-01-1210ANSWER to 1 Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.(Walker, Johnny) Modified to add link on 1/16/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 01/12/2018)
2018-01-17MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. The requirements of LCvR 16.3 and Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil procedure appear to be inapplicable. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and propose a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule shall 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, whether and when either party anticipates filing a dispositive motion, and any other pertinent issues. The parties shall file a joint status report that addresses these issues and that contains a proposed schedule and proposed order not later than 2/9/18. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 1/17/18. (DJS) (Entered: 01/17/2018)
2018-01-22Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 2/9/2018. (tb) (Entered: 01/22/2018)
2018-02-0911Joint STATUS REPORT and Proposed Schedule by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 02/09/2018)
2018-02-1312MINUTE ORDER: Having considered the parties' Joint Status Report 11 , it is hereby ordered that the parties shall file another joint report and proposed order by April 10, 2018. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 2/13/18. (DJS) . (Entered: 02/13/2018)
2018-02-13Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 4/10/2018. (tb) (Entered: 02/13/2018)
2018-04-1013Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 04/10/2018)
2018-04-20MINUTE ORDER: Having considered the parties' joint status report, it is hereby ordered that another joint status report and proposed order are due 5/25/18. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 4/20/18. (DJS) (Entered: 04/20/2018)
2018-04-23Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report and proposed order due by 5/25/2018. (tb) (Entered: 04/23/2018)
2018-05-2514Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Text of Proposed Order)(Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 05/25/2018)
2018-06-01MINUTE ORDER: A Status Conference is hereby set for 6/28/18 at 1:45 pm in Courtroom 9. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 6/1/18. (DJS) (Entered: 06/01/2018)
2018-06-01Set/Reset Hearings: Status Conference set for 6/28/2018 at 01:45 PM in Courtroom 9 before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (tb) (Entered: 06/01/2018)
2018-06-28Minute Entry: Status Conference held on 6/28/2018 before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan: The parties are to meet and confer and file a status report by 7/30/2018, per chance no documents exist, the Court expects agency counsel to be present at the next status conference set for 9/10/2018 at 11:30 AM in Courtroom 9 before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. (Court Reporter Crystal Pilgrim) (tb) (Entered: 06/28/2018)
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