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Case TitleSierra Club v. United States Environmental Protection Agency
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2018cv03472
Date Filed2018-06-11
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte
PlaintiffSierra Club
Case DescriptionThe Sierra Club submitted FOIA requests to the EPA for records concerning communications between various EPA employees and third parties, including calendars and travel schedules. The Sierra Club also requested fee waivers. The agency denied the fee waivers and the Sierra Club filed an administrative appeal. The agency provided an interim response to some requests, but after the agency failed to provide any substantive response to its requests, the Sierra Club filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Environmental Protection Agency
Complaint attachment 1
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2018-06-111COMPLAINT (Freedom of Information Act Case); against United States Environmental Protection Agency ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-12426502.). Filed bySierra Club. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Issod, Andrea) (Filed on 6/11/2018) Modified on 6/12/2018 (aaaS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 06/11/2018)
2018-06-112Proposed Summons. (Issod, Andrea) (Filed on 6/11/2018) (Entered: 06/11/2018)
2018-06-113Certificate of Interested Entities by Sierra Club (Issod, Andrea) (Filed on 6/11/2018) (Entered: 06/11/2018)
2018-06-124Case 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 6/26/2018. (jmlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/12/2018) (Entered: 06/12/2018)
2018-06-125Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Signed by Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte on 6/12/18. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/12/2018) (Entered: 06/12/2018)
2018-06-126Summons Issued as to United States Environmental Protection Agency. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/12/2018) (Entered: 06/12/2018)
2018-06-12Set Deadlines/Hearings: Case Management Statement due by 9/4/2018. 5 Initial Case Management Conference set for 9/11/2018 10:00 AM. (aaa, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/12/2018) (Entered: 06/12/2018)
2018-06-147CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Sierra Club.. (Issod, Andrea) (Filed on 6/14/2018) (Entered: 06/14/2018)
2018-06-208NOTICE of Appearance by Elena Kathryn Saxonhouse (Saxonhouse, Elena) (Filed on 6/20/2018) (Entered: 06/20/2018)
2018-06-209NOTICE of Appearance by Marta R. Darby (Darby, Marta) (Filed on 6/20/2018) (Entered: 06/20/2018)
2018-06-2510SUMMONS Returned Executed (FOIA) by Sierra Club. United States Environmental Protection Agency served on 6/18/2018, answer due 7/18/2018. (Issod, Andrea) (Filed on 6/25/2018) (Entered: 06/25/2018)
2018-07-0511CLERK'S NOTICE: The Initial Case Management Conference is rescheduled to 9/11/2018 at 3:00 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom E, 15th Floor before Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (shyS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/5/2018) (Entered: 07/05/2018)
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