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Case TitleHALL & ASSOCIATES v. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv01095
Date Filed2019-04-18
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffHALL & ASSOCIATES
Case DescriptionHall & Associates submitted a FOIA request to the EPA in 2018 for records concerning the email distribution list used for sending out emails pertaining to an agency email entitled Prepare for Harmful Algae Blooms. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and asked Hall & Associates for $300 to cover the costs of processing the request. Hall & Associates filed an administrative appeal challenging the agency's practice of requesting excessive fees. The agency ultimately disclosed the list but refused to disclose email addresses where the domain name suggested that they were personal under Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy). In 2019, Hall & Associates also submitted a FOIA request for the email distribution list pertaining to an email announcing a webinar on water quality issues. After hearing nothing further from the agency pertaining to either request, Hall & Associates filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Fees, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
DefendantENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
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2019-04-181COMPLAINT against ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6068030) filed by HALL & ASSOCIATES. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Summons)(Hall, John) (Entered: 04/18/2019)
2019-04-19Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zef, ) (Entered: 04/19/2019)
2019-04-192SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 04/19/2019)
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