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Case TitleNATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01673
Date Filed2018-07-16
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Timothy J. Kelly
PlaintiffNATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK
Case DescriptionThe National Student Legal Defense Network submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Education for records concerning letters of credit issued under the Higher Education Act. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told NSLDN that its request was too broad. However, the agency said it could provide a list of letters of credit issued in 2016. In response to a previous request for letters of credit issued so far in 2018, the agency had provided some records, but then closed the request. NSLDN had filed an administrative appeal of that decision, but after hearing nothing further from agency on either request, NSLDN filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
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2018-07-161COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5589518) filed by NATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Exhibit 7, # 8 Civil Cover Sheet, # 9 Summons)(Upton Fulford, Martha) (Entered: 07/16/2018)
2018-07-162LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by NATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK (Upton Fulford, Martha) (Entered: 07/16/2018)
2018-07-16Case Assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly. (zsth) (Entered: 07/17/2018)
2018-07-173SUMMONS (1) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsth) (Entered: 07/17/2018)
2018-07-234RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/23/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/22/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 07/23/2018., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION served on 7/20/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit A)(Upton Fulford, Martha) (Entered: 07/23/2018)
2018-08-135NOTICE of Appearance by Jason Todd Cohen on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Cohen, Jason) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-136Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Cohen, Jason) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-13MINUTE ORDER granting Defendant's 6 Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to Complaint. It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant shall respond to Plaintiff's complaint by September 21, 2018. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 8/13/2018. (lctjk3) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-09-217ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.(Cohen, Jason) (Entered: 09/21/2018)
2018-09-21MINUTE ORDER: Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by October 19, 2018. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 9/21/2018. (lctjk3) (Entered: 09/21/2018)
2018-09-24Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Proposed Briefing Schedule or Disclosure due by 10/19/2018. (kh) (Entered: 09/24/2018)
2018-10-198Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. (Cohen, Jason) (Entered: 10/19/2018)
2018-10-22MINUTE ORDER: Upon review of the 8 Joint Status Report filed by the parties, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report by November 19, 2018. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 10/22/2018. (lctjk3) (Entered: 10/22/2018)
2018-11-019MOTION 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 0090-5770419. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by NATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Bitner, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Upton Fulford, Martha) (Entered: 11/01/2018)
2018-11-05MINUTE ORDER granting Plaintiff's 9 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Attorney Robyn K. Bitner is hereby admitted pro hac vice to appear in this matter. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 11/5/2018. (lctjk3) (Entered: 11/05/2018)
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