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Case TitleMunger v. Social Security Administration
DistrictWestern District of Washington
Case Number2:2019cv00012
Date Filed2019-01-04
Date Closed2019-07-15
JudgeJudge James L. Robart
PlaintiffMatthew Munger a single man, by and through his attorney-in-fact
other Steven Munger
Case DescriptionMatthew Munger, who was mentally-disabled, submitted a FOIA request through Steven Munger, to the Social Security Administration for records concerning an accident he had at the Social Security Office in Longview, WA. The agency told Munger's attorney that it was exempt from liability because of a consent authorization. The agency then told Munger's attorney that it would administratively close his FOIA request. Munger then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantSocial Security Administration
Complaint attachment 1
Opinion/Order [11]
Opinion/Order [13]
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Date FiledDoc #Docket Text

2019-01-041COMPLAINT for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief and Award of Statutory Fees and Costs against defendant(s) All Plaintiffs (Receipt # 0981-5602631) Attorney Brandon K. Batchelor added to party Matthew Munger(pty:pla), filed by Matthew Munger. (Attachments: # 1 Summons)(Batchelor, Brandon) (Entered: 01/04/2019)
2019-01-07Judge James L. Robart added. (SNP) (Entered: 01/07/2019)
2019-01-072NOTICE TO FILER: re 1 Complaint,. Notice of Filing Deficiency ** Action Required ** See Attached Letter for More Information and Instructions. (SNP) (Entered: 01/07/2019)
2019-01-073Summons(es) Electronically Issued as to defendant(s) Social Security Administration (SNP) (Entered: 01/07/2019)
2019-01-074CIVIL COVER SHEET ; filed by Plaintiff Matthew Munger. (Batchelor, Brandon) (Entered: 01/07/2019)
2019-01-095SERVICE OF SUMMONS and Complaint returned executed upon defendant All Defendants (Batchelor, Brandon) (Entered: 01/09/2019)
2019-04-166MOTION for Default , filed by Plaintiff Matthew Munger. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order) Noting Date 4/16/2019, (Batchelor, Brandon) (Entered: 04/16/2019)
2019-04-167ORDER on Plaintiff's 6 Motion for Default. Defendant Social Security Administration is in default. (AD) (Entered: 04/16/2019)
2019-06-118NOTICE of Unavailability of counsel Brandon K. Batchelor for Plaintiff Matthew Munger from 8/22/2019 - 9/5/2019. (Batchelor, Brandon) (Entered: 06/11/2019)
2019-06-219MOTION for Default Judgment , filed by Plaintiff Matthew Munger. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order) Noting Date 6/21/2019, (Batchelor, Brandon) (Entered: 06/21/2019)
2019-06-2110DECLARATION of Brandon K. Batchelor filed by Plaintiff Matthew Munger re 9 MOTION for Default Judgment (Batchelor, Brandon) (Entered: 06/21/2019)
2019-07-0311ORDER denying Plaintiff's 9 Motion for Default Judgment; VACATING prior order of default against SSA (Dkt. 7 ); directing Plaintiff to SHOW CAUSE within ten (10) days why this action should not be dismissed for failure to comply with Rule 4(m). Signed by Judge James L. Robart. (SWT) (Entered: 07/03/2019)
2019-07-1212RESPONSE by Plaintiff Matthew Munger re 11 Order on Motion for Default Judgment, (Batchelor, Brandon) (Entered: 07/12/2019)
2019-07-1513ORDER dismissing this action without prejudice. Signed by Judge James L. Robart. (SWT) (Entered: 07/15/2019)
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