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Case TitleCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv00686
Date Filed2019-03-12
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Carl J. Nichols
PlaintiffCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Case DescriptionThe Center for Biological Diversity submitted four FOIA requests to the Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for records concerning revised guidance for processing FOIA requests. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, CBD filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
DefendantU.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
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2019-03-121COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR, FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5995258) filed by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons Department of Interior, # 3 Summons Fish and Wildlife Service, # 4 Summons Attorney General, # 5 Summons U.S. Attorney)(Townsend, Margaret) (Entered: 03/12/2019)
2019-03-122LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, INC. (Townsend, Margaret) (Entered: 03/12/2019)
2019-03-12Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zef, ) (Entered: 03/12/2019)
2019-03-123SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 03/12/2019)
2019-03-274RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR served on 3/15/2019; U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE served on 3/15/2019 (Townsend, Margaret) (Entered: 03/27/2019)
2019-03-275RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 03/18/2019. (Townsend, Margaret) (Entered: 03/27/2019)
2019-03-276RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/20/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/19/2019. (Townsend, Margaret) (Entered: 03/27/2019)
2019-04-127MOTION for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Simon, Jeremy) (Entered: 04/12/2019)
2019-04-15MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received Defendants' 7 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to Complaint. In order to permit defense counsel additional time to confer with agency counsel and prepare a response, and without any objection expressed by Plaintiff, the Court GRANTS' Defendants' 7 Motion, for good cause shown. The deadline for Defendants' answer or other response to the 1 Complaint shall be extended until MAY 10, 2019 . Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on April 15, 2019. (lcckk1) (Entered: 04/15/2019)
2019-04-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 5/10/2019. (dot) (Entered: 04/15/2019)
2019-05-108ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE.(Simon, Jeremy) (Entered: 05/10/2019)
2019-05-159ORDER. The parties shall file the schedule not later than JUNE 14, 2019 . Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on May 15, 2019. (lcckk1) (Entered: 05/15/2019)
2019-05-15Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/14/2019. (kt) (Entered: 05/15/2019)
2019-06-1410Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY. (Townsend, Margaret) (Entered: 06/14/2019)
2019-06-14MINUTE ORDER: The Court has received the parties' 10 Joint Status Report, which indicates that Defendants' processing and production of Plaintiff's Freedom of Information Act requests are in progress. The Court shall adopt the parties' proposal that they file a further Joint Status Report by JULY 16, 2019 . That report shall update the Court as to the status of Defendants' processing, production, and estimated timeline for issuance of draft Vaughn indices. The parties shall file a further Joint Status Report every thirty days thereafter, unless and until the Court orders otherwise. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on June 14, 2019. (lcckk1) (Entered: 06/14/2019)
2019-06-14Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/16/2019. (dot) (Entered: 06/18/2019)
2019-06-24Case directly reassigned to Judge Carl J. Nichols. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is no longer assigned to the case. (ztnr) (Entered: 06/24/2019)
2019-07-1611Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY. (Townsend, Margaret) (Entered: 07/16/2019)
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