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Case TitleWESTERN VALUES PROJECT v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01764
Date Filed2018-07-30
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Emmet G. Sullivan
PlaintiffWESTERN VALUES PROJECT
Case DescriptionWestern Values Project submitted ten FOIA requests to the Department of the Interior for records concerning potential conflicts of interest involving Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Western Values Project filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
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2018-07-301COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5609134) filed by WESTERN VALUES PROJECT. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit, # 7 Exhibit, # 8 Exhibit, # 9 Exhibit, # 10 Exhibit, # 11 Exhibit, # 12 Exhibit, # 13 Exhibit, # 14 Exhibit)(Guzman, Javier) (Attachment 1 replaced on 7/30/2018) (zmd). (Entered: 07/30/2018)
2018-07-302LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by WESTERN VALUES PROJECT. (zmd) (Entered: 07/30/2018)
2018-07-30Case Assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (zmd) (Entered: 07/30/2018)
2018-07-313STANDING ORDER: The parties are directed to read the attached Standing Order Governing Civil Cases Before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in its entirety upon receipt. The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives in the attached Standing Order. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 07/31/18. (Attachment: # 1 Exhibit 1) (mac) (Entered: 07/31/2018)
2018-08-014SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zmd) (Entered: 08/02/2018)
2018-08-095NOTICE of Proof of Service by WESTERN VALUES PROJECT (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 08/09/2018)
2018-08-10NOTICE OF ERROR: Document No. re 5 NOTICE of Proof of Service was entered in error and counsel was instructed to refile said pleading as to the correct docket event (jf) (Entered: 08/10/2018)
2018-08-136RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/8/2018. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 9/7/2018.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 8/8/2018., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR served on 8/7/2018 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 08/13/2018)
2018-08-307MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Travis Annatoyn, :Firm- Democracy Forward Foundation, :Address- P.O. Box 34553, Washington, D.C. 20043. Phone No. - 202-448-9090. Fee Status: No Fee Paid. by WESTERN VALUES PROJECT (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Guzman, Javier) (Entered: 08/30/2018)
2018-09-04MINUTE ORDER granting 7 motion for leave to appear pro hac vice. Attorney Travis Annatoyn is hereby admitted pro hac vice in this matter. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 9/4/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 09/04/2018)
2018-09-068NOTICE of Appearance by Jason Todd Cohen on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (Cohen, Jason) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-09-079ENTERED IN ERROR.....ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.(Cohen, Jason) Modified on 9/11/2018 (jf). (Entered: 09/07/2018)
2018-09-0710ANSWER to Complaint (Corrected filing) by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.(Cohen, Jason) (Entered: 09/07/2018)
2018-09-11NOTICE OF CORRECTED DOCKET ENTRY: Document No. re 9 Answer to Complaint was entered in error and refiled by counsel with correct case caption/number. (See Docket Entry 10 to view document) (jf) (Entered: 09/11/2018)
2018-10-2911MOTION to Order Status Report by WESTERN VALUES PROJECT (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Annatoyn, Travis) Modified on 10/31/2018 (znmw). (Entered: 10/29/2018)
2018-10-31MINUTE ORDER granting 11 plaintiff's motion to order status report. Plaintiff brings this action pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 U.S.C. § 552. The parties are directed to meet and confer and propose a joint scheduling order for further proceedings in this case by no later than November 15, 2018. The parties' joint proposed scheduling order shall address the following: (1) The status of plaintiff's FOIA request; (2) The anticipated number of documents responsive to plaintiff's FOIA request; (3) The anticipated date(s) for release of documents responsive to plaintiff's FOIA request; (4) Whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case; (5) Whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case; (6) Whether this case would benefit from referral to a magistrate judge or the District Court Mediation Program for purposes of settlement; and (7) A proposed briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if applicable. If the parties are unable to agree on a joint recommendation, the joint proposed scheduling order shall include each party's individual recommendations. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 10/31/2018. (lcegs3) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
2018-10-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Proposed Scheduling Order due by 11/15/2018. (mac) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
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