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Case TitleSheppard v. United States Department of Justice
DistrictWestern District of Missouri
CityKansas City
Case Number4:2017cv01037
Date Filed2017-12-15
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeDistrict Judge Ortrie D. Smith
PlaintiffBryan E Sheppard
Case DescriptionBryan Sheppard submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for records concerning allegations reported in the Kansas City Star that the agency had engaged in misconduct during an investigation of a 1988 arson fire that killed several Kansas City firefighters. The agency located 450 records, withholding some of them under Exemption 5 (privileges) and Exemption 7 (law enforcement records). Sheppard filed an administrative appeal to the Office of Information and Policy, which upheld the agency's decision. Sheppard then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Justice
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2017-12-151COMPLAINT against United States Department of Justice filed by Stephanie Sowers Sankar on behalf of Bryan E Sheppard. Filing fee $400, receipt number 0866-5558999. Service due by 3/15/2018 unless otherwise directed by the court. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Sankar, Stephanie) (Entered: 12/15/2017)
2017-12-182NOTICE OF INCLUSION FOR MEDIATION AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (MAP). REVIEW NOTICE AND MAP GENERAL ORDER CAREFULLY FOR IMPORTANT CHANGES, DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS. Notice of MAP assignment to an outside mediator. (Attachments: # 1 MAP General Order)(Woods, Gloria) (Entered: 12/18/2017)
2017-12-28SUMMONS ISSUED as to United States Department of Justice. (Woods, Gloria) (Entered: 12/28/2017)
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