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Case TitleAnimal Welfare Institute et al v. United States Department of Agriculture et al
DistrictWestern District of New York
Case Number1:2018cv00937
Date Filed2018-08-23
Date Closed2018-08-30
JudgeHon. Lawrence J. Vilardo
PlaintiffAnimal Welfare Institute
TERMINATED: 08/30/2018
PlaintiffFarm Sanctuary
TERMINATED: 08/30/2018
Case DescriptionThe Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service for Noncompliance Records and Memoranda of Interview prepared pursuant to the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act and to require the FSIS to proactively post such records. The agency disclosed the records with redactions but did not address AWI and FS's request to proactively post the records. AWI and FS filed an administrative appeal asking the agency to post the records. The agency acknowledged receiving the appeal and indicated it was considering the request to proactively post the records. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, AWI and FS filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Affirmative disclosure, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Agriculture
DefendantUnited States Department of Agriculture
TERMINATED: 08/30/2018
DefendantFood Safety and Inspection Service
TERMINATED: 08/30/2018
DefendantFood Safety and Inspection Service
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2018-08-231COMPLAINT against All Defendants $ 400 receipt number 0209-3197613, filed by Animal Welfare Institute, Farm Sanctuary. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Supplement Summons, # 3 Supplement Summons, # 4 Supplement Summons, # 5 Supplement Summons)(Lawton, William) (Entered: 08/23/2018)
2018-08-24Case assigned to Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo. Notification to Chambers of on-line civil case opening. (SG) (Entered: 08/24/2018)
2018-08-24AUTOMATIC REFERRAL to Mediation The ADR Plan is available for download at (Entered: 08/24/2018)
2018-08-24Notice of Availability of Magistrate Judge: A United States Magistrate of this Court is available to conduct all proceedings in this civil action in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 636c and FRCP 73. The Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to a Magistrate Judge form (AO-85) is available for download at (SG) (Entered: 08/24/2018)
2018-08-242Summons Issued as to Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 summons issued, # 2 summons issued, # 3 summons issued)(SG) (Entered: 08/24/2018)
2018-08-293TEXT ORDER REASSIGNING CASE IT HEREBY IS ORDERED that this case is TRANSFERRED to the Rochester Division of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. SO ORDERED. Issued by Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo on 8/29/2018. (CMD) -CLERK TO FOLLOW UP- (Entered: 08/29/2018)
2018-08-30Intradistrict Transfer to Rochester Division, case opened in Rochester under case number 18-cv-6626. (SG) (Entered: 08/30/2018)
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