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Case TitleEQUITY FORWARD v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01815
Date Filed2018-08-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffEQUITY FORWARD
Case DescriptionEquity Forward submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Health and Human Services for travel records for trips taken by any HHS officials to Texas, Arkansas or other states concerning use of military installations to house undocumented immigrant children. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Equity Forward filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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2018-08-021COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5616572) filed by EQUITY FORWARD. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 08/02/2018)
2018-08-022LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by EQUITY FORWARD (Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 08/02/2018)
2018-08-02Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zjd) (Entered: 08/02/2018)
2018-08-023SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zjd) (Entered: 08/02/2018)
2018-08-024STANDING 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 8/2/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 08/02/2018)
2018-08-065MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- Hart W. Wood, :Firm- American Oversight, :Address- 1030 15th Street NW, B255, Washington, DC 20005. Phone No. - 2028695246. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0090-5623286. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by EQUITY FORWARD (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Cafasso, Cerissa) (Entered: 08/06/2018)
2018-08-06MINUTE ORDER granting the 5 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Attorney Hart W. Wood. Counsel shall promptly register for this Court's CM/ECF system. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 8/6/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 08/06/2018)
2018-08-216RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES served on 8/6/2018, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 8/7/2018, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/3/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 9/2/2018. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Wood, Hart) Modified on 8/24/2018 to add service dates (zrdj). (Entered: 08/21/2018)
2018-09-047ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.(Simon, Jeremy) (Entered: 09/04/2018)
2018-09-10MINUTE 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 proposed schedule on or before October 8, 2018. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 9/10/2018. (lctnm2) (Entered: 09/10/2018)
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