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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)
2018-02-013MOTION for extension of time to file answer re 1 Complaint, filed by Jeffrey P. Ray on behalf of United States Department of Justice. Suggestions in opposition/response due by 2/15/2018 unless otherwise directed by the court. (Related document(s) 1 ) (Attorney Jeffrey P. Ray added to party United States Department of Justice(pty:dft))(Ray, Jeffrey) (Entered: 02/01/2018)
2018-02-014RULE 16 NOTICE - Rule 26 conference due by 3/19/2018. Proposed scheduling order due by 4/2/2018. Signed on 2/1/18 by District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. (O'Connor, Stacy) (Entered: 02/01/2018)
2018-02-015RULE 502(d) ORDER - Signed on 2/1/18 by District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. (O'Connor, Stacy) (Entered: 02/01/2018)
2018-02-07NOTICE of filing: Mediation and Assessment Program Reminder: Your Designation of Mediator is due soon (filed as an ADR event in CM/ECF). See Notice of Inclusion and MAP General Order for specifics. (ADI, MAP) (Entered: 02/07/2018)
2018-02-086NOTICE of appearance by Jane Pansing Brown on behalf of United States Department of Justice (Attorney Jane Pansing Brown added to party United States Department of Justice(pty:dft))(Brown, Jane) (Entered: 02/08/2018)
2018-02-147RETURN OF SERVICE of complaint executed by Bryan E Sheppard. United States Department of Justice served on 1/2/2018. (Sankar, Stephanie) (Entered: 02/14/2018)
2018-02-168ORDER granting 3 the United States Department of Justice's Motion for Extension of Time to File Answer or Otherwise Respond to Complaint. For good cause stated and without objection from Plaintiff, the motion is granted. The United States Department of Justice shall file its answer or otherwise respond to Plaintiff's Complaint on or before 3/2/2018. Signed on 2/16/2018 by District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. This is a TEXT ONLY ENTRY. No document is attached. (Kitsmiller, Julia) (Entered: 02/16/2018)
2018-03-019Second MOTION for extension of time to file answer or otherwise respond to Complaint filed by Jane Pansing Brown on behalf of United States Department of Justice. Suggestions in opposition/response due by 3/15/2018 unless otherwise directed by the court. (Brown, Jane) (Entered: 03/01/2018)
2018-03-0210ORDER granting 9 Defendant's unopposed second motion for extension of time. Defendant shall file its answer or otherwise respond to Plaintiff's Complaint on or before April 3, 2018. Absent extenuating circumstances, no further of extension of time will be granted. Signed on 3/2/2018 by District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. This is a TEXT ONLY ENTRY. No document is attached. (Kitsmiller, Julia) (Entered: 03/02/2018)
2018-03-2911ANSWER to 1 Complaint, on behalf of United States Department of Justice.(Brown, Jane) (Entered: 03/29/2018)
2018-04-0212MOTION for extension of time to File Scheduling Order filed by Stephanie Sowers Sankar on behalf of Bryan E Sheppard. Suggestions in opposition/response due by 4/16/2018 unless otherwise directed by the court. (Sankar, Stephanie) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-0313ORDER granting 12 Plaintiff's unopposed motion for enlargement of time to file joint proposed scheduling order. The parties shall file their joint proposed scheduling order due by 5/7/2018. Signed on 4/3/2018 by District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. This is a TEXT ONLY ENTRY. No document is attached. (Kitsmiller, Julia) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-05-0314Joint PROPOSED SCHEDULING ORDER by Bryan E Sheppard. (Sankar, Stephanie) (Entered: 05/03/2018)
2018-05-0715ORDER SETTING BRIEFING SCHEDULE. Signed on 5/7/18 by District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. (Matthes Mitra, Renea) (Entered: 05/07/2018)
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