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Case TitleInter-Cooperative Exchange v. United States Department of Commerce et al
DistrictDistrict of Alaska
Case Number3:2018cv00227
Date Filed2018-10-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeTimothy M. Burgess
PlaintiffInter-Cooperative Exchange an Alaska cooperative corporation
Case DescriptionThe Inter-Cooperative Exchange, a cooperative of fishers who harvest crabs in the Bering Sea, submitted a FOIA request to the National Marine Fisheries Service for records concerning an arbitration council meeting. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and located 146 responsive pages, including emails. The Exchange argued that the agency had failed to search for text messages, even though the agency had disclosed text messages in relation to its response in another FOIA suit. After hearing nothing further from the agency, the Inter-Cooperative Exchange filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Commerce
DefendantNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
DefendantNational Marine Fisheries Service
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2018-10-021COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief Under FOIA against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 097--2588438.), filed by Inter-Cooperative Exchange. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix 1, # 2 Appendix 2, # 3 Appendix 3, # 4 Appendix 4, # 5 Appendix 5, # 6 Appendix 6, # 7 Appendix 7, # 8 Appendix 8, # 9 Appendix 9, # 10 Appendix 10, # 11 Appendix 11, # 12 Appendix 12, # 13 Civil Cover Sheet)(Richards, Andrew) (Entered: 10/02/2018)
2018-10-022Corporate Disclosure Statement by Inter-Cooperative Exchange. (Richards, Andrew) (Entered: 10/02/2018)
2018-10-023Civil Cover Sheet. (PXS, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 10/02/2018)
2018-10-024Unissued summons re Defendant U.S. Attorney, (Attachments: # 1 Unissued Summons re Defendant U.S. Attorney General, # 2 Unissued Summons re Defendant United States Department of Commerce, # 3 Unissued Summons re Defendant National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, # 4 Unissued Summons re Defendant National Marine Fisheries Service)(PXS, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 10/02/2018)
2018-10-02Summons Issued as to National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (PXS, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 10/02/2018)
2018-10-085AFFIDAVIT of Service via Certified Mail by Inter-Cooperative Exchange. (Richards, Andrew) (Entered: 10/08/2018)
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