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Case TitleVarnum LLP v. United States Department of Labor
DistrictWestern District of Michigan
CitySouthern Division
Case Number1:2018cv01156
Date Filed2018-10-09
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Janet T. Neff
PlaintiffVarnum LLP
Case DescriptionThe law firm of Varum LLP submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Chicago Regional Solicitor's Office for records of completed investigations of employee claims related to Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. The EBSA withheld 1,580 pages under Exemption 4 (confidential business information) and the Chicago Regional Solicitor's Office withheld 609 pages under Exemption 4. Varum filed administrative appeals for both denials. After hearing nothing further from either component, Varum filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Labor
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2018-10-091COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against United States Department of Labor filed by Varnum LLP (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6) (Phelps, Aaron) (Entered: 10/09/2018)
2018-10-09FILING FEE PAID re 1 by plaintiff Varnum LLP in the amount of $400, receipt number 0646-4258616 (Phelps, Aaron) (Entered: 10/09/2018)
2018-10-112NOTICE that this case has been assigned Janet T. Neff ; with NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY re corporate disclosure statement (ems) (Entered: 10/11/2018)
2018-10-11SUMMONS NOT ISSUED as to defendant United States Department of Labor (none provided; please refer to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(i) regarding service on the United States and Its Agencies, Corporations, Officers, or Employees) (ems) (Entered: 10/11/2018)
2018-10-113PROPOSED SUMMONS to be issued re 1 (Phelps, Aaron) (Entered: 10/11/2018)
2018-10-114CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by Varnum LLP (Phelps, Aaron) (Entered: 10/11/2018)
2018-10-12SUMMONS NOT ISSUED as to defendant United States Department of Labor ; please refer to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(i) regarding service on the United States and Its Agencies, Corporations, Officers, or Employees (pjw) (Entered: 10/12/2018)
2018-10-125PROPOSED SUMMONS to be issued re 1 (Phelps, Aaron) (Entered: 10/12/2018)
2018-10-156SUMMONS ISSUED as to defendant United States Department of Labor, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (ems) (Entered: 10/15/2018)
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