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Case TitleDEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE et al v. ZINKE et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00960
Date Filed2018-04-24
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeChief Judge Beryl A. Howell
Case DescriptionDefenders of Wildlife and the American Bird Conservancy submitted FOIA requests to the Department of the Interior for records concerning Opinion M-37050, which restricted the circumstances under which killing migratory birds would be considered a violation of the Migratory Birds Treaty Act, reversing previous agency policy. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. ABC also requested a fee waiver, which was granted. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, Defenders of Wildlife and the American Bird Conservancy filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantRYAN ZINKE Secretary, United States Department of the Interior
DefendantGREG SHEEHAN Acting Director, United States Fish and Wildlife Service
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2018-04-241COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5439459) filed by DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE, AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet # 2 Summons to Ryan Zinke, # 3 Summons to Greg Sheehan, # 4 Summons to US Attorney General, # 5 Summons to US Attorney)(Glitzenstein, Eric) Modified on 4/25/2018 to remove repeated text (ztth). (Entered: 04/24/2018)
2018-04-242LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE (Glitzenstein, Eric) (Entered: 04/24/2018)
2018-04-24Case Assigned to Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell. (zmd) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-04-253SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to GREG SHEEHAN, RYAN ZINKE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (zmd) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-04-264STANDING ORDER Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on April 26, 2018. (lcbah2) (Entered: 04/26/2018)
2018-06-135NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua L. Rogers on behalf of All Defendants (Rogers, Joshua) (Entered: 06/13/2018)
2018-06-146ANSWER to Complaint by GREG SHEEHAN, RYAN ZINKE.(Rogers, Joshua) (Entered: 06/14/2018)
2018-06-287Joint STATUS REPORT by GREG SHEEHAN, RYAN ZINKE. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Rogers, Joshua) (Entered: 06/28/2018)
2018-06-29MINUTE ORDER (paperless) ISSUING, upon consideration of the parties' 7 Joint Status Report, the following SCHEDULING ORDER to control further proceedings in this case: (1) the defendants shall file, by November 16, 2018, any motion for summary judgment; (2) the plaintiffs shall file, by December 21, 2018, any consolidated opposition to the defendants' motion for summary judgment and cross-motion for summary judgment; (3) the defendants shall file, by January 18, 2019, any consolidated opposition to the plaintiffs' cross-motion for summary judgment and reply in support of their motion for summary judgment; and (4) the plaintiffs shall file, by February 18, 2019, any reply in support of their cross-motion for summary judgment. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on June 29, 2018. (lcbah2) (Entered: 06/29/2018)
2018-07-02Set/Reset Deadlines: Summary Judgment motion due by 11/16/2018; Cross-Motion and Opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 12/21/2018; Opposition to Cross-Motion and Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment due by 1/18/2018; Reply in Support of Cross-Motion due by 2/18/2019. (tg) (Entered: 07/02/2018)
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