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Case TitleSierra Club v. United States Environmental Protection Agency
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2018cv02592
Date Filed2018-05-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Laurel Beeler
PlaintiffSierra Club
Case DescriptionThe Sierra Club submitted two FOIA requests to the EPA for records concerning the participation of Susan Bodine and Michael Dourson in agency policymaking after they were nominated for senior positions at the agency but before they were confirmed. The Sierra Club also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests and granted the Sierra Club's request for a fee waiver for its request about Susan Bodine. The agency told the Sierra Club that fees would not be incurred for its request for records about Dourson. After hearing nothing further from the agency, the Sierra Club filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Environmental Protection Agency
United States Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Mail Code 1101A
Washington, DC 20460
DefendantUnited States Environmental Protection Agency
Complaint attachment 1
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2018-05-021COMPLAINT against United States Environmental Protection Agency ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-12320833.). Filed bySierra Club. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Narayan, Sanjay) (Filed on 5/2/2018) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-05-022Proposed Summons. (Narayan, Sanjay) (Filed on 5/2/2018) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-05-023Certificate of Interested Entities by Sierra Club identifying Corporate Parent Sierra Club for Sierra Club. (Narayan, Sanjay) (Filed on 5/2/2018) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-05-024Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. 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 5/16/2018. (jlmS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/2/2018) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-05-045Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 7/26/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 8/2/2018 11:00 AM in San Francisco, Courtroom C, 15th Floor. (fabS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/4/2018) (Entered: 05/04/2018)
2018-05-046Summons Issued as to United States Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (fabS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/4/2018) (Entered: 05/04/2018)
2018-05-097CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Sierra Club.. (Narayan, Sanjay) (Filed on 5/9/2018) (Entered: 05/09/2018)
2018-05-168SUMMONS Returned Executed (FOIA) by Sierra Club. United States Environmental Protection Agency served on 5/9/2018, answer due 6/8/2018. (Narayan, Sanjay) (Filed on 5/16/2018) (Entered: 05/16/2018)
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