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Case TitleAMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00534
Date Filed2018-03-08
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
PlaintiffAMERICAN OVERSIGHT
Case DescriptionAmerican Oversight submitted FOIA requests to all cabinet-level departments, the EPA, and the Small Business Administration for records concerning calendar entries for political appointees. All the agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests and several agencies asked American Oversight for clarification. But after hearing nothing further from any of the agencies, American Oversight filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Litigation - Vaughn index, Adequacy - Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
DefendantU.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
DefendantU.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
DefendantU.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
TERMINATED: 04/04/2018
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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2018-03-081COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5364205) 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 Civil Cover Sheet, # 10 Summons as to USAO, # 11 Summons as to AG, # 12 Summons as to Commerce, # 13 Summons as to Education, # 14 Summons as to DOE, # 15 Summons as to EPA, # 16 Summons as to DHS, # 17 Summons as to DOI, # 18 Summons as to DOL, # 19 Summons as to DOT, # 20 Summons as to HHS, # 21 Summons as to HUD, # 22 Summons as to SBA, # 23 Summons as to State, # 24 Summons as to Treasury, # 25 Summons as to USDA)(Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 03/08/2018)
2018-03-082LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT (Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 03/08/2018)
2018-03-08Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (jd) (Entered: 03/09/2018)
2018-03-093SUMMONS (16) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(jd) (Entered: 03/09/2018)
2018-03-204GENERAL ORDER AND GUIDELINES FOR CIVIL CASES BEFORE JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON. The Court will hold the parties and counsel responsible for following these directives, and parties and counsel should pay particular attention to the Courts instructions for briefing motions and filing exhibits. Failure to adhere to this Order may, when appropriate, result the imposition of sanctions and/or sua sponte denial of non-conforming motions. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 3/20/2018. (lckbj1) (Entered: 03/20/2018)
2018-03-265RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/16/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/15/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 3/16/18., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE served on 3/15/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE served on 3/15/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION served on 3/15/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY served on 3/15/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES served on 3/15/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 3/15/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT served on 3/15/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR served on 3/15/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 3/16/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR served on 3/15/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY served on 3/16/2018; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION served on 3/15/2018; U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY served on 3/15/2018; U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION served on 3/15/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 03/26/2018)
2018-04-036NOTICE of Appearance by James C. Luh on behalf of All Defendants (Attachments: # 1 Certification of Familiarity with Local Rules of Court)(Luh, James) (Entered: 04/03/2018)
2018-04-047NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal re U.S. Small Business Administration (Creighton, Sara) (Entered: 04/04/2018)
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