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Case TitleAmerican Small Business League v. Department of Defense
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2018cv01979
Date Filed2018-03-30
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Maria-Elena James
PlaintiffAmerican Small Business League
Case DescriptionThe American Small Business League submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of Defense for the master comprehensive subcontracting plan submitted by BAE System. The agency responded by providing a heavily redacted copy of the plan. ASBL filed an administrative appeal, but heard nothing further from the agency. ASBL's second FOIA request was for the master comprehensive subcontracting plan submitted by GE Aviation. The agency indicated that some information would be withheld under Exemption 4 (confidential business information). ASBL filed an administrative appeal of that decision, but after hearing nothing further from the agency as its appeals of both requests, ASBL filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDepartment of Defense
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
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2018-03-301COMPLAINT against Department of Defense ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-12236017.). Filed byAmerican Small Business League. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Olson, Karl) (Filed on 3/30/2018) (Entered: 03/30/2018)
2018-04-022Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 4/16/2018. (srnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/2/2018) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-023Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 6/21/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 6/28/2018 10:00 AM. (hdjS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/2/2018) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-024Summons Issued as to Department of Defense, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (hdjS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/2/2018) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-065CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by American Small Business League (Olson, Karl) (Filed on 4/6/2018) (Entered: 04/06/2018)
2018-04-166CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Department of Defense.. (London, Ellen) (Filed on 4/16/2018) (Entered: 04/16/2018)
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