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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv02656
Date Filed2017-12-12
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amit P. Mehta
Case DescriptionMatthew Allen, an employee at the Department of the Interior, submitted a FOIA request to the agency for records concerning himself and the reason for his demotion. The agency told Allen that his request needed to be processed through a number of different offices and that the cost of processing his request might cost $800. Allen agreed to pay the fees and the agency placed his request on its complex track. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Allen filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2017-12-121COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5244025) filed by MATTHEW ALLEN. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(Atkinson, Katherine) (Entered: 12/12/2017)
2017-12-12Case Assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. (md) (Entered: 12/14/2017)
2017-12-152SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (zmd) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2017-12-203NOTICE of Appearance by Damon William Taaffe on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 12/20/2017)
2017-12-294RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 12/18/2017. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 1/17/2018. (Atkinson, Katherine) Modified date of service and answer deadline on 1/2/2018 (nmw). (Entered: 12/29/2017)
2017-12-295RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 12/18/2017. (Atkinson, Katherine) Modified date of service on 1/2/2018 (nmw). (Entered: 12/29/2017)
2017-12-296RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR served on 12/18/2017 (Atkinson, Katherine) Modified date of service on 1/2/2018 (nmw). (Entered: 12/29/2017)
2018-01-02Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 1/17/2018, (nmw) (Entered: 01/02/2018)
2018-01-167ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR.(Taaffe, Damon) (Entered: 01/16/2018)
2018-01-17ORDER. Both a Complaint and an Answer are now before the court in this FOIA case. It is hereby ordered that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report on or before January 31, 2018. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 01/17/2018. (lcapm3) (Entered: 01/17/2018)
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