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Case TitleProtect Our Defenders et al v. Defense et al
DistrictDistrict of Connecticut
CityNew Haven
Case Number3:2017cv02073
Date Filed2017-12-13
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Vanessa L. Bryant
PlaintiffProtect Our Defenders
PlaintiffConnecticut Veterans Legal Center
Case DescriptionProtect Our Defenders and the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning the military's treatment of survivors of sexual harassment, assault, and rape. The military services responded to the requests and Defenders filed administrative appeals challenging the adequacy of the search. Defenders also sent FOIA requests to other components of the military justice system. After the agencies failed to respond substantive, Defenders filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDepartment of Defense
DefendantDepartment of Homeland Security
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2017-12-131COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $400 receipt number ACTDC-4642317.), filed by Protect Our Defenders, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit K, # 12 Exhibit L, # 13 Exhibit M, # 14 Exhibit N)(Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 12/13/2017)
2017-12-13Judge Vanessa L. Bryant added. (Oliver, T.) (Entered: 12/13/2017)
2017-12-13Request for Clerk to issue summons as to All Defendants. (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 12/13/2017)
2017-12-132ELECTRONIC FILING ORDER - PLEASE ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH COURTESY COPY REQUIREMENTS IN THIS ORDER. Signed by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on 12/13/2017.(Bozek, M.) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2017-12-133STANDING PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on 12/13/2017.(Bozek, M.) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2017-12-134ORDER RE: Judge's Chambers Practices. Counsel are directed to read and comply with the Chambers Practices and Standing Orders prior to filing any document. So ordered. Signed by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on 12/13/2017.(Bozek, M.) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2017-12-155NOTICE TO COUNSEL/SELF-REPRESENTED PARTIES : Counsel or self-representing parties initiating or removing this action are responsible for serving all parties with attached documents and copies of 2 Electronic Filing Order, 4 Order Re: Chambers Practices, Request to Issue Summons, 1 Complaint, filed by Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, Protect Our Defenders, and 3 Standing Protective Order. Signed by Clerk on 12/15/2017.(Bozek, M.) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2017-12-156ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 and LR 4 as to *Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security* with answer to complaint due within *30* days. Attorney *Michael J. Wishnie* *Jerome N. Frank Legal Services - Wall St, Yale Law School* *127 Wall Street* *New Haven, CT 06511*. (Bozek, M.) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2018-01-177NOTICE of Appearance by Natalie Nicole Elicker on behalf of Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security (Elicker, Natalie) (Entered: 01/17/2018)
2018-01-178MOTION for Extension of Time until 2/19/18 and 3/21/18 to file a Proposed Schedule (2/19/18), and Answer or Respond (3/21/18) to 1 Complaint, by Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security. (Elicker, Natalie) (Entered: 01/17/2018)
2018-01-189CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, Protect Our Defenders (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 01/18/2018)
2018-01-1810Memorandum in Opposition re 8 MOTION for Extension of Time until 2/19/18 and 3/21/18 to file a Proposed Schedule (2/19/18), and Answer or Respond (3/21/18) to 1 Complaint, filed by Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, Protect Our Defenders. (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 01/18/2018)
2018-01-1811MOTION for Leave to Appear Law Student Interns Meghan Brooks, Alyssa Peterson, Giovanni Sanchez by Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, Protect Our Defenders. (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 01/18/2018)
2018-01-1812NOTICE of Appearance by Aaron Paul Wenzloff on behalf of Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, Protect Our Defenders (Wenzloff, Aaron) (Entered: 01/18/2018)
2018-01-1913ORDER granting 11 Motion for Leave to Appear Law Student Interns Meghan Brooks, Alyssa Peterson, Giovanni Sanchez . Certificate of Good Standing due by 3/20/2018. Signed by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on 01/19/2018. (Lee, E.) (Entered: 01/19/2018)
2018-01-1914ORDER: The Clerk is directed to remove the Certificate of Good Standing deadline as it does not apply to law student interns. Signed by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on 01/19/2018. (Lee, E.) (Entered: 01/19/2018)
2018-01-1915ORDER granting in part and denying in part 8 Motion for Extension of Time until 2/19/18 and 3/21/18 to file a Proposed Schedule (2/19/18), and Answer or Respond (3/21/18) to 1 Complaint. In considering the parties' positions, the Joint 26(f) Report is due on or before 02/19/2018 and the response to the Complaint is due on or before 03/05/2018 . Signed by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on 01/19/2018. (Lee, E.) (Entered: 01/19/2018)
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