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Case TitleDEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv00882
Date Filed2019-03-28
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Randolph D. Moss
PlaintiffDEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION
Case DescriptionDemocracy Forward Foundation submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Health and Human Services for records concerning its rulemaking entitled Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care Delegations of Authority. DFF also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, DFF filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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2019-03-281COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6028033) filed by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit FOIA request, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons)(Grogg, Adam) (Entered: 03/28/2019)
2019-03-282LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION (Grogg, Adam) (Entered: 03/28/2019)
2019-03-29Case Assigned to Judge Randolph D. Moss. (zef, ) (Entered: 03/29/2019)
2019-03-293SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 03/29/2019)
2019-04-084STANDING ORDER: The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives set forth in the attached Standing Order. See document for details. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 4/8/2019. (lcrdm1, ) (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-155RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES served on 4/12/2019, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/8/2019. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/8/2019.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 04/08/2019. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration)(Grogg, Adam) (Entered: 04/15/2019)
2019-04-16NOTICE OF ERROR re 5 Summons Returned Executed as to Federal Defendant; emailed to agrogg@democracyforward.org, cc'd 1 associated attorneys -- The PDF file you docketed contained errors: 1. The receipts need to be electronically filed in this case. In the future, file them with the return of service entry. (ztd, ) (Entered: 04/16/2019)
2019-05-086NOTICE of Appearance by Christopher Charles Hair on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (Hair, Christopher) (Entered: 05/08/2019)
2019-05-087ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.(Hair, Christopher) (Entered: 05/08/2019)
2019-06-178Joint STATUS REPORT by DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Grogg, Adam) (Entered: 06/17/2019)
2019-06-20MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' joint status report, Dkt. 8 , it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further joint status report on or before July 17, 2019. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 6/20/2019. (lcrdm1, ) (Entered: 06/20/2019)
2019-06-20Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/17/2019. (kt) (Entered: 06/20/2019)
2019-07-179Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. (Hair, Christopher) (Entered: 07/17/2019)
2019-07-17MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' joint status report, Dkt. 9 , it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further joint status report on or before September 16, 2019. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 7/17/2019. (lcrdm1, ) (Entered: 07/17/2019)
2019-07-18Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/16/2019. (kt) (Entered: 07/18/2019)
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