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Case TitleSea Shepherd Legal v. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration et al
DistrictWestern District of Washington
Case Number2:2019cv00463
Date Filed2019-03-28
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge James L. Robart
PlaintiffSea Shepherd Legal
Case DescriptionSea Shepherd Legal submitted a FOIA request to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for records concerning the New Zealand Maui Dolphin. Sea Shepherd Legal also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and asked Sea Shepherd Legal to clarify its request. After failing to resolve that issue, Sea Shepherd Legal filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration an agency of the United States
DefendantNational Marine Fisheries Service an agency of the United States
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2019-03-281COMPLAINT against All Defendants (Receipt # 0981-5707050) Attorney Brett Wade Sommermeyer added to party Sea Shepherd Legal(pty:pla), filed by Sea Shepherd Legal. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit, # 7 Exhibit, # 8 Exhibit, # 9 Civil Cover Sheet, # 10 Summons, # 11 Summons, # 12 Summons, # 13 Summons)(Sommermeyer, Brett) (Entered: 03/28/2019)
2019-03-282PRAECIPE TO ISSUE SUMMONS re 1 Complaint, by Plaintiff Sea Shepherd Legal (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons)(Sommermeyer, Brett) (Entered: 03/28/2019)
2019-03-283CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT indicating no Corporate Parents and/or Affiliates. Filed pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P 7.1. Filed by Sea Shepherd Legal (Sommermeyer, Brett) (Entered: 03/28/2019)
2019-03-29Attorney Catherine E Pruett for Sea Shepherd Legal added; per 1 Complaint,. (PS) (Entered: 03/29/2019)
2019-03-29Judge James L. Robart added. (SNP) (Entered: 03/29/2019)
2019-03-294Summons(es) Electronically Issued as to defendant(s) National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons)(SNP) (Entered: 03/29/2019)
2019-04-225NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Michelle R. Lambert on behalf of Defendants National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Lambert, Michelle) (Entered: 04/22/2019)
2019-04-226ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES AND JOINT STATUS REPORT by Judge James L. Robart. Joint Status Report due by 5/28/2019, FRCP 26f Conference Deadline is 5/6/2019, Initial Disclosure Deadline is 5/20/2019. (AD) (Entered: 04/22/2019)
2019-04-297ANSWER to 1 Complaint, by National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.(Lambert, Michelle) (Entered: 04/29/2019)
2019-05-288STIPULATION AND PROPOSED ORDER for FRCP 26(f) relief by parties (Lambert, Michelle) (Entered: 05/28/2019)
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