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Case TitleNational Public Radio, Inc. et al v. United States Department of Veterans Affairs
DistrictNorthern District of California
Case Number4:2018cv05772
Date Filed2018-09-20
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu
PlaintiffNational Public Radio, Inc.
PlaintiffEric Westervelt
Case DescriptionNational Public Radio reporter Eric Westervelt submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Veterans Affairs for records concerning whistleblower complaints and investigations. Westervelt also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Westervelt filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
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2018-09-201COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. section 552 et seq., against United States Department of Veterans Affairs. (Filing fee $400 receipt number 0971-12697137). Filed by National Public Radio, Inc., Eric Westervelt. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A to FOIA Complaint, # 2 Exhibit B to FOIA Complaint, # 3 Civil Cover Sheet)(Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 9/20/2018) Modified on 9/21/2018 (jmlS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 09/20/2018)
2018-09-202Proposed Summons. (Burke, Thomas) (Filed on 9/20/2018) (Entered: 09/20/2018)
2018-09-213Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 10/5/2018. (jmlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/21/2018) (Entered: 09/21/2018)
2018-09-214Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 12/12/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 12/19/2018 01:30 PM in Oakland, Courtroom 4, 3rd Floor. (jjbS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/21/2018) (Entered: 09/21/2018)
2018-09-215Summons Issued as to United States Department of Veterans Affairs. (jjbS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/21/2018) (Entered: 09/21/2018)
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