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Case TitleCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY v. U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv02069
Date Filed2018-09-04
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Case DescriptionThe Center for Biological Diversity submitted two FOIA requests to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for records concerning the species status assessment under the Endangered Species Act for the American Burying Beetle, including a memo directing that state representatives participate in the SSAs. The agency acknowledged receipt of both requests but after hearing nothing further from the agency, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
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2018-09-041COMPLAINT against U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5670149) filed by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, # 3 Summons for U.S. Attorney, # 4 Summons for Attorney General)(Shannon, Ryan) (Entered: 09/04/2018)
2018-09-062Corporate Disclosure Statement by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY. (Shannon, Ryan) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-09-06Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zsb) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-09-063SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 09/06/2018)
2018-09-074ERRATA by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY 1 Complaint, filed by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A to Complaint)(Shannon, Ryan) (Entered: 09/07/2018)
2018-09-175STANDING 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 9/17/2018. (lctnm3) (Entered: 09/17/2018)
2018-10-046NOTICE of Appearance by Rhonda Lisa Campbell on behalf of U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (Campbell, Rhonda) (Entered: 10/04/2018)
2018-10-047RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 9/17/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 10/17/2018. (Shannon, Ryan) (Entered: 10/04/2018)
2018-10-048RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 9/13/2018. (Shannon, Ryan) (Entered: 10/04/2018)
2018-10-049RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE served on 9/12/2018 (Shannon, Ryan) (Entered: 10/04/2018)
2018-10-1710ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE.(Campbell, Rhonda) (Entered: 10/17/2018)
2018-10-18MINUTE 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 schedule on or before November 16, 2018. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 10/18/2018. (lctnm3) (Entered: 10/18/2018)
2018-10-18Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/16/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 10/18/2018)
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