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Case TitleNATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01464
Date Filed2018-06-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffNATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK
Case DescriptionThe National Student Legal Defense Network submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of Education for records concerning the federal preemption of state regulations on student loan servicers. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, NSLDN filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
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2018-06-211COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5546290) filed by NATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 06/21/2018)
2018-06-21Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zmd) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
2018-06-222LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT (McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
2018-06-223MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Robyn K. Bitner, :Firm- National Student Legal Defense Network, :Address- 1015 15th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Phone No. - 202-734-7495. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-5550620. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by AMERICAN OVERSIGHT (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
2018-06-254SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent) (zmd) (Entered: 06/25/2018)
2018-06-25MINUTE ORDER granting the 3 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Attorney Robyn K. Bitner. Counsel shall promptly register for this Court's CM/ECF system. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 6/25/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 06/25/2018)
2018-06-255STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 6/25/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 06/25/2018)
2018-07-186RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 6/25/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 7/25/2018. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 07/18/2018)
2018-07-189RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 07/09/2018, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION served on 7/2/2018. (See Docket Entry 6 to view document) (jf) (Entered: 07/25/2018)
2018-07-237NOTICE of Appearance by Wyneva Johnson on behalf of All Defendants (Johnson, Wyneva) (Entered: 07/23/2018)
2018-07-248ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.(Johnson, Wyneva) (Entered: 07/24/2018)
2018-07-25MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court are a complaint and an answer in this FOIA case. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule should address, among other things, the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, and a briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if required. The parties shall file the schedule on or before August 16, 2018. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 7/25/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 07/25/2018)
2018-07-25Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/16/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 07/25/2018)
2018-08-1610Joint STATUS REPORT by NATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK. (McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 08/16/2018)
2018-08-16MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 10 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter, on or before September 18, 2018. The schedule should address, among other things, the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, and a briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if required. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 8/16/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 08/16/2018)
2018-08-17Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/18/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 08/17/2018)
2018-09-1811Joint STATUS REPORT by NATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK. (McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 09/18/2018)
2018-09-19MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, the parties are hereby ORDERED to file a further Joint Status Report on or before October 25, 2018. The report should propose a schedule for proceeding in this matter, and discuss the Joint Status Report topics mentioned in prior Minute Orders. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 9/19/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 09/19/2018)
2018-09-19Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/25/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 09/19/2018)
2018-10-2512Joint STATUS REPORT by NATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK. (McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 10/25/2018)
2018-10-29MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 12 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ordered that the parties shall file another Joint Status Report on or before October 31, 2018, informing the Court of the status of Defendant's search results as well as the status of the parties' negotiations in light of those results. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 10/29/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 10/29/2018)
2018-10-29Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/31/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 10/29/2018)
2018-10-3113Joint STATUS REPORT by NATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK. (McGrath, Daniel) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
2018-11-01MINUTE ORDER. Upon consideration of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ordered that the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report on or before November 30, 2018, informing the Court of the parties' agreed-upon production schedule. If by November 30, 2018, the parties have not reached an agreement regarding a production schedule, the report should inform the Court of each party's proposed schedule. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 11/1/2018. (lctnm2, ) (Entered: 11/01/2018)
2018-11-02Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/30/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 11/02/2018)
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