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Case TitleCAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00248
Date Filed2018-02-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffCAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
Case DescriptionCampaign for Accountability submitted a FOIA request to the Administration for Children and Families for records concerning services for unaccompanied immigrant pregnant minors. CfA also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Campaign for Accountability filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Adequacy - Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Vaughn index

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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2018-02-021COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5316244) filed by CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons)(Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 02/02/2018)
2018-02-022LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 02/02/2018)
2018-02-02Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zmd) (Entered: 02/05/2018)
2018-02-073SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 02/07/2018)
2018-02-074ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 2/7/2018. (DM) (Entered: 02/07/2018)
2018-02-235RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 2/12/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 3/14/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES served on 2/12/2018, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 2/12/2018. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 02/23/2018)
2018-03-146NOTICE of Appearance by Daniel Patrick Schaefer on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 03/14/2018)
2018-03-147ANSWER to 1 Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.(Schaefer, Daniel) Modified to add link on 3/15/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 03/14/2018)
2018-03-208ORDER. The parties shall file the schedule not later than APRIL 19, 2018 . Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on March 20, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 03/20/2018)
2018-03-20Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 4/19/2018. (dot) (Entered: 03/22/2018)
2018-04-199Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. (Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 04/19/2018)
2018-05-02MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 9 Joint Status Report, which indicates that Defendant has identified some potentially responsive records and that the parties intend to confer further regarding search terms and parameters for Defendant's remaining searches. The Court adopts the parties' proposed schedule, with minor modifications. The parties shall meet and confer by no later than MAY 9, 2018 , regarding the scope of Defendant's searches. The parties shall file a further Joint Status Report by no later than JUNE 4, 2018 , indicating the status of Defendant's searches and any productions, and proposing a schedule for further proceedings in this matter. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on May 2, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-05-02Set/Reset Deadlines: Attorney Meet and Confer Conference by 5/9/2018, regarding the scope of Defendant's searches. Joint Status Report due by 6/4/2018. (dot) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-06-0410Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 06/04/2018)
2018-06-08MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 10 Joint Status Report, which indicates that the parties continue to discuss search parameters and a production schedule, as well as the extent of overlap between the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request at issue in this case and a FOIA request at issue in other litigation. The parties shall file a further Joint Status Report by no later than JUNE 28, 2018 , identifying the results of their negotiation of search parameters and a production schedule, and proposing a schedule for further proceedings in this matter. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on June 8, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 06/08/2018)
2018-06-08Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report, identifying the results of their negotiation of search parameters and a production schedule, and proposing a schedule for further proceedings in this matter due by 6/28/2018. (dot) (Entered: 06/08/2018)
2018-06-2811Joint STATUS REPORT by CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 06/28/2018)
2018-07-16MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, which indicates that the parties have made progress in their continuing discussion of search parameters. Defendant commits to complete its production of records responsive to one subpart of Plaintiff's FOIA request by July 30, 2018, and to process 500 pages per month that may be responsive to the other four subparts. Defendant estimates that it will be able to make an initial production as to those four subparts by early September 2018. The parties shall continue to confer and shall file a further Joint Status Report by no later than AUGUST 9, 2018 , updating the Court regarding the search parameters, completed production, anticipated further production, and their proposed schedule for further proceedings in this matter. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on July 16, 2018. (lcckk1) (Entered: 07/16/2018)
2018-07-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/9/2018. (dot) (Entered: 07/17/2018)
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