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Case TitleSierra Club v. United States Environmental Protection Agency
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2018cv02372
Date Filed2018-04-19
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte
PlaintiffSierra Club
Case DescriptionThe Sierra Club submitted four FOIA requests to the EPA for records concerning communications involving administrator Scott Pruitt, and a number of political appointees pertaining to a variety of topics. The Sierra Club also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. The agency told the Sierra Club that an electronic search had located 5,557 potentially responsive records but that it had not been able to review the records yet. After hearing nothing further from the agency on their four requests, the Sierra Club filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Environmental Protection Agency
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2018-04-191COMPLAINT (Freedom of Information Act Case); against United States Environmental Protection Agency ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-12287280.). Filed bySierra Club. (Saxonhouse, Elena) (Filed on 4/19/2018) Modified on 4/20/2018 (aaaS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 04/19/2018)
2018-04-192Civil Cover Sheet by Sierra Club . (Saxonhouse, Elena) (Filed on 4/19/2018) (Entered: 04/19/2018)
2018-04-193Proposed Summons. (Saxonhouse, Elena) (Filed on 4/19/2018) (Entered: 04/19/2018)
2018-04-194Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte. 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 5/3/2018. (jmlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/19/2018) (Entered: 04/19/2018)
2018-04-195Certificate of Interested Entities by Sierra Club identifying Corporate Parent Sierra Club for Sierra Club. (Saxonhouse, Elena) (Filed on 4/19/2018) (Entered: 04/19/2018)
2018-04-196Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 7/17/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 7/24/2018 10:00 AM. Signed by Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte on 4/19/18. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/19/2018) (Entered: 04/20/2018)
2018-04-207Summons Issued as to United States Environmental Protection Agency. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/20/2018) (Entered: 04/20/2018)
2018-04-238CLERK'S NOTICE: The parties are hereby notified that the Initial Case Management Conference is rescheduled to 7/17/2018 at 10:30 AM in San Francisco, Courtroom E, 15th Floor before Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte. A Case Management Statement is due by 7/10/2018. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (shyS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/23/2018) Modified on 4/23/2018 (shyS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 04/23/2018)
2018-04-249CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Sierra Club.. (Saxonhouse, Elena) (Filed on 4/24/2018) (Entered: 04/24/2018)
2018-05-0210SUMMONS Returned Executed (FOIA) by Sierra Club. United States Environmental Protection Agency served on 4/30/2018, answer due 5/30/2018. (Saxonhouse, Elena) (Filed on 5/2/2018) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
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