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Case TitleJAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01513
Date Filed2018-06-26
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffJAMES MADISON PROJECT
PlaintiffNOAH SHACHTMAN
PlaintiffSAM STEIN
Case DescriptionThe James Madison Project and reporters Noah Shachtman and Sam Stein of the Daily Beast submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Health and Human Services for records concerning legal or policy determinations for creating tent cities to house detained unaccompanied minors. Shachtman and Stein also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests and told Shactman and Stein that it was being referred to the Administration for Children and Families for processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency, JMP, Shachtman, and Stein filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Expedited processing, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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2018-06-261COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5555536) filed by THE JAMES MADISON PROJECT, SAM STEIN, NOAH SHACHTMAN. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhibit Rule 7.1 certification, # 3 Summons HHS, # 4 Summons USADC, # 5 Summons USAG)(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 06/26/2018)
2018-06-262LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JAMES MADISON PROJECT (zsth) (Entered: 06/28/2018)
2018-06-27Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zsb) (Entered: 06/27/2018)
2018-06-283SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsth) (Entered: 06/28/2018)
2018-07-024ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 7/2/18. (DM) (Entered: 07/02/2018)
2018-07-195RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES served on 7/3/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit HHS receipt)(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 07/19/2018)
2018-07-196RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 07/02/2018. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit USAG receipt)(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 07/19/2018)
2018-07-197RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/2/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/1/2018. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit USADC receipt)(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 07/19/2018)
2018-07-308MOTION for Leave to File First Amended Complaint by JAMES MADISON PROJECT, NOAH SHACHTMAN, SAM STEIN (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Exhibit 1 - First Amended Complaint, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Moss, Bradley) (Entered: 07/30/2018)
2018-07-31MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of Plaintiffs' 8 Motion for Leave to File First Amended Complaint. Plaintiffs move to amend their complaint to add a claim for the production of records responsive to their FOIA request. Plaintiffs' original claim was limited to the legal issue of expedited processing. The underlying FOIA request remains the same, and no other substantive changes are proposed. Given that this case is still in its very earliest stages, that Defendant has not yet filed an Answer or otherwise appeared in this case, that the proposed amendment is a fairly narrow one, and that this is Plaintiffs' first motion to amend, the Court will GRANT Plaintiffs' motion. The Clerk of the Court shall file Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint on the docket. Defendant shall respond to Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint by no later than AUGUST 14, 2018. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 7/31/2018. (lcckk3) (Entered: 07/31/2018)
2018-07-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer to Amended Complaint due by 8/14/2018. (dot) (Entered: 08/01/2018)
2018-07-3110First AMENDED COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES filed by JAMES MADISON PROJECT, SAM STEIN, NOAH SHACHTMAN.(ztd) (Entered: 08/02/2018)
2018-08-019ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.(Haynes, Fred) (Entered: 08/01/2018)
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