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Case TitleCAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE v. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00580
Date Filed2018-03-15
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Emmet G. Sullivan
PlaintiffCAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE
Case DescriptionCause of Action Institute submitted two FOIA requests to the Federal Trade Commission for records concerning FTC Attorney Robin Rock, including records that contained terms referring to Cause of Action Institute. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests and told Cause of Action Institute it was taking a 10-day extension to process its first FOIA request. The second FOIA request asked for records with references pertaining to Cause of Action Institute. COA agreed to pay up to $2,500 for the costs of processing that request. The agency told COA that it was taking a 10-day extension to respond to its second FOIA request as well. After hearing nothing further from the agency pertaining to either request, Cause of Action Institute filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
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2018-03-151COMPLAINT against FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5374738) filed by CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Civil Cover Sheet, # 8 Summons FTC, # 9 Summons AG, # 10 Summons Clerk)(Bolinder, Eric) (Entered: 03/15/2018)
2018-03-152Corporate Disclosure Statement by CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE. (Bolinder, Eric) (Entered: 03/15/2018)
2018-03-153NOTICE of Appearance by Ryan Patrick Mulvey on behalf of CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE (Mulvey, Ryan) (Entered: 03/15/2018)
2018-03-15Case Assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (zsb) (Entered: 03/15/2018)
2018-03-154SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 03/15/2018)
2018-03-165STANDING ORDER: The parties are directed to read the attached Standing Order Governing Civil Cases Before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in its entirety upon receipt. The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives in the attached Standing Order. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 03/16/18. (Attachment: # 1 Exhibit 1) (mac) (Entered: 03/16/2018)
2018-03-306RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION served on 3/19/2018 (Bolinder, Eric) (Entered: 03/30/2018)
2018-03-307RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 3/20/2018. (Bolinder, Eric) (Entered: 03/30/2018)
2018-04-028RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/2/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/2/2018. (Bolinder, Eric) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-05-029ANSWER to Complaint by FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION.(Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-06-12MINUTE ORDER. Plaintiff brings this action pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 U.S.C. 552. The parties are directed to meet and confer and propose a joint scheduling order for further proceedings in this case by no later than July 12, 2018. The parties' joint proposed scheduling order shall address the following: (1) The status of plaintiff's FOIA request; (2) The anticipated number of documents responsive to plaintiff's FOIA request; (3) The anticipated date(s) for release of documents responsive to plaintiff's FOIA request; (4) Whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case; (5) Whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case; (6) Whether this case would benefit from referral to a magistrate judge or the District Court Mediation Program for purposes of settlement; and (7) A proposed briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if applicable. If the parties are unable to agree on a joint recommendation, the joint proposed scheduling order shall include each party's individual recommendations. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 6/12/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 06/12/2018)
2018-06-13Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Scheduling Order due by 7/12/2018. (mac) (Entered: 06/13/2018)
2018-07-1210Joint STATUS REPORT and Proposed Schedule by FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. (Hendry, Melanie) (Entered: 07/12/2018)
2018-07-16MINUTE ORDER in view of 10 joint status report, the defendant shall release responsive, non-exempt records every 30 days, with the first release by no later than August 13, 2018. The parties are directed to file another joint status report on August 30, 2018 to advise the Court on the parties' progress. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 7/16/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 07/16/2018)
2018-07-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/30/2018. (mac) (Entered: 07/16/2018)
2018-08-3011Joint STATUS REPORT by CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE. (Bolinder, Eric) (Entered: 08/30/2018)
2018-09-04MINUTE ORDER in view of 11 joint status report, the parties are directed to file another joint status report by no later than October 31, 2018 advising the Court of the parties' progress. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 9/4/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 09/04/2018)
2018-09-04Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/31/2018. (mac) (Entered: 09/04/2018)
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