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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00364
Date Filed2018-02-16
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Timothy J. Kelly
Case DescriptionAmerican Oversight submitted three FOIA requests to the EPA for records concerning communications to and from administrator Scott Pruitt and several other staff members with outside parties and congressional staff. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests but told American Oversight that they did not sufficiently describe records to allow for a search. American Oversight filed administrative appeals of those denials. It also indicated that the agency had denied other organizations' FOIA requests for communications because they were too broad. American Oversight filed suit, alleging that the EPA had a pattern and practice policy of denying requests for communications from officials because they did not sufficiently describe the records sought.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2018-02-161COMPLAINT against U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5336958) filed by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (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 Civil Cover Sheet, # 11 Summons as to USAO, # 12 Summons as to AG, # 13 Summons as to EPA)(Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 02/16/2018)
2018-02-162LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT (Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 02/16/2018)
2018-02-16Case Assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly. (jd) (Entered: 02/20/2018)
2018-02-203SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(jd) (Entered: 02/20/2018)
2018-03-064NOTICE of Appearance by Johnny Hillary Walker, III on behalf of All Defendants (Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 03/06/2018)
2018-03-195RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 2/26/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 3/28/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 2/26/18., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY served on 2/26/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 03/19/2018)
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