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Case TitleThe Center for Investigative Reporting et al v. U.S. Department of Labor
DistrictNorthern District of California
Case Number4:2019cv01843
Date Filed2019-04-05
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore
PlaintiffThe Center for Investigative Reporting
PlaintiffWill Evans
Case DescriptionWill Evans, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Labor for records concerning 2016 EEO-1 Consolidated Reports for 55 companies. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and provided an interim response. However, the agency subsequently told CIR that it was delaying its response until the Supreme Court ruled in FMI v. Argus Leader Media, dealing with the standard for determining competitive harm under Exemption 4 (confidential business information). CIR filed an administrative appeal, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, CIR filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantU.S. Department of Labor
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2019-04-051COMPLAINT against U.S. Department of Labor ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-13236002.). Filed byThe Center for Investigative Reporting. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit, # 7 Civil Cover Sheet)(Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 4/5/2019) (Entered: 04/05/2019)
2019-04-052Proposed Summons. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 4/5/2019) (Entered: 04/05/2019)
2019-04-053Certificate of Interested Entities by The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 4/5/2019) (Entered: 04/05/2019)
2019-04-054Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 4/19/2019. (bwS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/5/2019) (Entered: 04/05/2019)
2019-04-055CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Will Evans, The Center for Investigative Reporting.. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 4/5/2019) (Entered: 04/05/2019)
2019-04-056Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 7/2/2019. Initial Case Management Conference set for 7/9/2019 01:30 PM. (jjbS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/5/2019) (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-087**DISREGARD, SEE DOCKET NO. 9 ** Summons Issued as to U.S. Department of Labor. (jjbS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/8/2019) Modified on 4/9/2019 (jjbS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-088CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Will Evans.. (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 4/8/2019) (Entered: 04/08/2019)
2019-04-099Summons Issued as to U.S. Department of Labor. (jjbS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/9/2019) (Entered: 04/09/2019)
2019-04-0910CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Will Evans, The Center for Investigative Reporting (Baranetsky, Diana) (Filed on 4/9/2019) (Entered: 04/09/2019)
2019-04-1811NOTICE of Appearance by Ellen London (London, Ellen) (Filed on 4/18/2019) (Entered: 04/18/2019)
2019-05-0612STIPULATION to Extend Time to Answer or Otherwise Respond to Complaint filed by U.S. Department of Labor, The Center for Investigative reporting and Will Evans. (London, Ellen) (Filed on 5/6/2019) Modified on 5/6/2019 (jmlS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 05/06/2019)
2019-05-0713CLERK'S NOTICE Re: Consent or Declination: Defendant shall file a consent or declination to proceed before a magistrate judge. Note that any party is free to withhold consent to proceed before a magistrate judge without adverse substantive consequences. The forms are available at: Consent/Declination due by 5/21/2019. (kcS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/7/2019) (Entered: 05/07/2019)
2019-05-0814CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by U.S. Department of Labor.. (London, Ellen) (Filed on 5/8/2019) (Entered: 05/08/2019)
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