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Case TitleHUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES v. ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00646
Date Filed2018-03-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffHUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES
Case DescriptionThe Humane Society of the United States submitted a FOIA request to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for records concerning inspection reports for the Natural Bridge Zoo in Natural Bridge, Virginia. HSUS submitted a second FOIA request for inspection reports for four other family-operated facilities. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. The agency provided 19 pages in response to the first FOIA request, with redactions under Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy) and Exemption 7(C) (invasion of privacy concerning law enforcement records). HSUS filed administrative appeals for both requests. The agency upheld its initial decisions and told HSUS that it now considered family-operated facilities to have a heightened privacy interest in personal information. HSUS then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE
DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
DefendantSONNY PURDUE in his official capacity as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture
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2018-03-211COMPLAINT against ALL DEFENDANTS ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5383001) filed by HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons, # 6 Summons)(Friend, Laura) (Entered: 03/21/2018)
2018-03-212Corporate Disclosure Statement by HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES. (Friend, Laura) (Entered: 03/21/2018)
2018-03-21Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zmd) (Entered: 03/23/2018)
2018-03-263SUMMONS (5) Issued Electronically as to ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, SONNY PURDUE, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (tth) (Entered: 03/26/2018)
2018-04-114RETURN 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. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Receipts of Mailing)(Friend, Laura) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-115RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 4/2/2018. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Receipts of Mailing)(Friend, Laura) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-116RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE served on 4/2/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Receipt and Tracking)(Friend, Laura) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-117RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE served on 3/30/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Receipt and Tracking)(Friend, Laura) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-118RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. SONNY PURDUE served on 3/30/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Receipts of Mailing)(Friend, Laura) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
2018-04-119STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 4/11/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 04/11/2018)
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