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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv01954
Date Filed2018-08-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Emmet G. Sullivan
Case DescriptionRandy Sowers, a dairy farm operator, submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice and the IRS for records concerning his petition for remission or mitigation of funds seized several years earlier by the IRS. Sowers also requested a fee waiver. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests. The IRS disclosed 341 pages, but withheld 81 pages in part and 48 pages in full. Sowers filed an administrative appeal, which was denied. After hearing nothing further DOJ, Sowers filed suit against both agencies.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2018-08-211COMPLAINT against INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5650790) filed by RANDY D SOWERS. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Exhibit 7, # 8 Exhibit 8, # 9 Exhibit 9, # 10 Exhibit 10, # 11 Civil Cover Sheet, # 12 Summons USAO, # 13 Summons AG, # 14 Summons DOJ, # 15 Summons IRS)(Beato, Matthew) (Entered: 08/21/2018)
2018-08-21Case Assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (zmd) (Entered: 08/22/2018)
2018-08-232STANDING 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 08/23/18. (Attachment: # 1 Exhibit 1) (mac) (Entered: 08/23/2018)
2018-08-273REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE filed by RANDY SOWERS. (Attachments: # 1 Summons DOJ, # 2 Summons AG, # 3 Summons IRS)(Beato, Matthew) (Entered: 08/27/2018)
2018-08-284SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(sth) (Entered: 08/28/2018)
2018-08-285CIVIL COVER SHEET (corrected) by RANDY SOWERS filed by RANDY SOWERS.(Beato, Matthew) (Entered: 08/28/2018)
2018-08-296RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 8/29/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 9/28/2018. (Beato, Matthew) (Entered: 08/29/2018)
2018-09-067NOTICE of Appearance by Johnny Hillary Walker, III on behalf of All Defendants (Walker, Johnny) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
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