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Case TitleSouthern Environmental Law Center v. United States Department of Agriculture et al
DistrictWestern District of Virginia
CityCharlottesville
Case Number3:2018cv00106
Date Filed2018-11-01
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeSenior Judge Glen E. Conrad
PlaintiffSouthern Environmental Law Center
Case DescriptionThe Southern Environmental Law Center submitted a FOIA request to the Washington Office of the U.S. Forest Service for records concerning the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. SELC submitted identical requests to Region 8 and Region 9. Records disclosed by those regions indicated that responsive records existed at the Washington Office. However, the Washington Office consolidated the requests and did not respond independently. After SELC informed the Washington Office that its FOIA request had been closed, the Washington Office reopened the request. SELC sent a second FOIA request to the Washington Office for records concerning the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The agency told SELC that it was conducting a mandatory review of the records. In a third FOIA request, SELC asked for records concerning changes to the agency's NEPA regulations. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. SELC submitted a fourth request for records concerning changes in the agency's FOIA policies. SELC was told that request required a mandatory review as well. After hearing nothing further from the agency, pertaining to any of its requests, SELC filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Department of Agriculture
DefendantUnited States Forest Service
DefendantOffice of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture
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2018-11-011COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Agriculture (Filing & Administrative fee $ 400 paid by e-receipt no. 0423-3008890.), filed by Southern Environmental Law Center. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet)(hnw) (Entered: 11/02/2018)
2018-11-022Negative Corporate Disclosure Statement by Southern Environmental Law Center (hnw)
2018-11-023Electronic Summons Issued as to United States Department of Agriculture NOTICE TO COUNSEL: Please print copies of the electronically issued summons for each defendant as necessary to effectuate service under Fed. R. Civ. P. 4. (hnw)
2018-11-024Electronic Summons Issued as to United States Forest Service NOTICE TO COUNSEL: Please print copies of the electronically issued summons for each defendant as necessary to effectuate service under Fed. R. Civ. P. 4. (hnw)
2018-11-025Electronic Summons Issued as to Office of the General Counsel NOTICE TO COUNSEL: Please print copies of the electronically issued summons for each defendant as necessary to effectuate service under Fed. R. Civ. P. 4. (hnw)
2018-11-026MOTION for Sam Evans to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0423-3009669. by Southern Environmental Law Center. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order on Motion for Admission pro hac vice)(Butler, Morgan)
2018-11-027MOTION for Kimberley Hunter to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0423-3009803. by Southern Environmental Law Center. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order on Motion for Admission pro hac vice)(Butler, Morgan)
2018-11-028ORDER granting 6 MOTION for Sam Evans to Appear Pro Hac Vice Attorney Samuel Edward Evans for Southern Environmental Law Center added. Signed by Senior Judge Glen E. Conrad on 11/2/2018. (hnw)
2018-11-029ORDER granting 7 MOTION for Kimberley Hunter to Appear Pro Hac Vice Attorney Kimberley Claire Hunter for Southern Environmental Law Center added. Signed by Senior Judge Glen E. Conrad on 11/1/18. (hnw)
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