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Case TitleAMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00793
Date Filed2018-04-09
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffAMERICAN OVERSIGHT
Case DescriptionAmerican Oversight submitted three FOIA requests to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for records concerning communications between agency staff and commentator Armstrong Williams and associates, and communications between agency staff and Sinclair Broadcast Group. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests and told American Oversight that it would be unable to respond within 20 days. After hearing nothing further from the agency, American Oversight filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
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2018-04-091COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5410435) filed by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(France, Elizabeth) (Entered: 04/09/2018)
2018-04-092LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT (France, Elizabeth) (Entered: 04/09/2018)
2018-04-09Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (jd) (Entered: 04/09/2018)
2018-04-093SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(jd) (Entered: 04/09/2018)
2018-04-164ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 04/16/18. (DM) (Entered: 04/16/2018)
2018-04-175RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/16/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/16/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 4/16/2018., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT served on 4/13/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(France, Elizabeth) (Entered: 04/17/2018)
2018-05-166NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua M. Kolsky on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 05/16/2018)
2018-05-167ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.(Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 05/16/2018)
2018-05-168ORDER. The parties shall file a Joint Status Report by no later than JUNE 6, 2018. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 5/16/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 05/16/2018)
2018-05-16Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/6/2018. (dot) (Entered: 05/17/2018)
2018-06-059NOTICE of Appearance by Daniel Alexander McGrath on behalf of AMERICAN OVERSIGHT (McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 06/05/2018)
2018-06-0610Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 06/06/2018)
2018-06-06MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 10 Joint Status Report. The parties represent that Defendant has initiated the process for searching for records responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA requests, but has not yet produced any records. The parties further represent that they will meet and confer after certain scheduled searches are run later this month. The parties are ORDERED to file a further Joint Status Report by no later than JULY 6, 2018, updating the Court on the status of Defendant's processing of Plaintiff's FOIA requests. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 6/6/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 06/06/2018)
2018-06-06Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/6/2018. (kt) (Entered: 06/06/2018)
2018-07-0611ENTERED IN ERROR.....Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (McGrath, Daniel) Modified on 7/9/2018 (zjf). (Entered: 07/06/2018)
2018-07-0612Joint STATUS REPORT corrected by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 07/06/2018)
2018-07-09NOTICE OF CORRECTED DOCKET ENTRY: Document No. re 11 Status Report was entered in error and refiled by counsel. (See Docket Entry 12 to view document)(jf) (Entered: 07/09/2018)
2018-07-09MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 12 Joint Status Report. The parties represent that Defendant has largely completed its search for certain records, and has scheduled other searches for later this month. The parties also represent that Defendant will provide an interim response to Plaintiff this week. The parties are meeting and conferring about ways to potentially narrow the scope of Defendant's searches. The parties are ORDERED to file a further Joint Status Report by no later than AUGUST 3, 2018, updating the Court on the status of Defendant's processing of Plaintiff's FOIA requests. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 7/9/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 07/09/2018)
2018-07-09Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/3/2018. (kt) (Entered: 07/09/2018)
2018-08-0313Joint STATUS REPORT by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT. (McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 08/03/2018)
2018-08-07MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report. The parties represent that Defendant has largely completed its search for some records, and has scheduled other searches for next month. The parties are meeting and conferring about ways to potentially narrow the scope of Defendant's searches and about production schedules. The parties are ORDERED to file a further Joint Status Report by no later than SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, updating the Court on the status of Defendant's processing of Plaintiff's FOIA requests. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 8/7/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
2018-08-07Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/7/2018, updating the Court on the status of Defendant's processing of Plaintiff's FOIA requests. (dot) (Entered: 08/07/2018)
2018-09-0714Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. (Kolsky, Joshua) (Entered: 09/07/2018)
2018-09-07MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 14 Joint Status Report. The parties represent that Defendant has largely completed its search for some records and is continuing its search for other records. The parties have agreed to narrow the number of records potentially responsive to Plaintiff's broader search, and Plaintiff agrees to continue considering ways to further narrow the number of records. The parties have also agreed to a monthly production schedule of 300 records per month, with the first production occurring by September 21, 2018. The parties are ORDERED to file a further Joint Status Report by no later than OCTOBER 9, 2018, updating the Court on the status of Defendant's processing of Plaintiff's FOIA requests. The parties are further ORDERED to file additional Joint Status Reports every 30 days thereafter. The parties are also free to file Joint Status Reports between the filing deadlines if issues arise that require the Court's attention. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 9/07/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 09/07/2018)
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