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Case TitleNational Parks Conservation Association v. US Department of the Navy
DistrictWestern District of Washington
CitySeattle
Case Number2:2019cv00645
Date Filed2019-05-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Thomas S. Zilly
PlaintiffNational Parks Conservation Association a non-profit corporation
Case DescriptionThe National Parks Conservation Association submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of the Navy for records concerning environmental impact statements for military activities affecting the Olympic Peninsula. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. The agency ultimately provided 158 pages, but withheld records under Exemption 5 (privileges). NPCA filed an administrative appeal of the Navy's decision. After hearing nothing further from the agency, NPCA filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUS Department of the Navy a federal agency
Documents
Docket
Complaint
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
Opinion/Order [6]
Opinion/Order [9]
Opinion/Order [12]
Opinion/Order [16]
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Date FiledDoc #Docket Text

2019-05-021COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against defendant(s) United States Department of the Navy (Receipt # 0981-5751724), filed by National Parks Conservation Association. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Tonry, Claire) (Entered: 05/02/2019)
2019-05-022APPLICATION OF ATTORNEY Thomas Buchele FOR LEAVE TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE for Plaintiff National Parks Conservation Association (Fee Paid) Receipt No. 0981-5751790 (Tonry, Claire) (Entered: 05/02/2019)
2019-05-023ORDER re 2 Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. The Court ADMITS Attorney Thomas Buchele for Plaintiff National Parks Conservation Association by Clerk William M McCool. No document associated with this docket entry, text only. NOTE TO COUNSEL: Local counsel agrees to sign all filings and to be prepared to handle the matter, including the trial thereof, in the event the applicant is unable to be present on any date scheduled by the court, pursuant to LCR 83.1(d). (DS) (Entered: 05/02/2019)
2019-05-03Judge Thomas S. Zilly added. (GT) (Entered: 05/03/2019)
2019-05-03NOTICE Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P 7.1, Plaintiff(s) must file a Corporate Disclosure Statement by 5/10/2019. (GT) (Entered: 05/03/2019)
2019-05-034Summons Electronically Issued as to defendant US Department of the Navy. (GT) (Entered: 05/03/2019)
2019-05-035CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT indicating no Corporate Parents and/or Affiliates. Filed pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P 7.1. Filed by National Parks Conservation Association (Tonry, Claire) (Entered: 05/03/2019)
2019-05-166ORDER directing counsel to confer and to file a Joint Status Report by 8/16/2019. Signed by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (SWT) (Entered: 05/16/2019)
2019-06-057NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Katie Denise Fairchild on behalf of Defendant US Department of the Navy. (Fairchild, Katie) (Entered: 06/05/2019)
2019-07-108Stipulated MOTION to Stay Litigation , filed by Defendant US Department of the Navy. Noting Date 7/10/2019, (Fairchild, Katie) (Entered: 07/10/2019)
2019-07-159MINUTE ORDER granting parties' 8 Stipulated Motion treated as a Motion for Extension; extending deadline for counsel to confer and file a Joint Status Report to 10/2/2019. This case remains on the active docket. Authorized by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (SWT) (Entered: 07/15/2019)
2019-09-3010Joint Stipulated MOTION to Extend Deadlines , filed by Defendant US Department of the Navy. Noting Date 9/30/2019, (Fairchild, Katie) (Entered: 09/30/2019)
2019-10-0211JOINT STATUS REPORT signed by all parties estimated Trial Days: 3. (Fairchild, Katie) (Entered: 10/02/2019)
2019-10-0312MINUTE ORDER granting in part and striking in part as moot parties 10 Stipulated Motion for Extension: deadline for defendant to file a responsive pleading or motion is extended to 11/8/2019; regarding parties' 11 Joint Status Report, the Court SETS the following deadlines: Dispositive motions due by 3/30/2020, Plaintiff shall file any cross-motion, consolidated with its response to defendant's motion by 4/30/2020, Defendant's response to plaintiff's cross-motion, consolidated with its reply in support of its own motion shall be filed by 5/18/2020, Plaintiff's reply in support of its cross-motion shall be filed by 5/22/2020. Authorized by Judge Thomas S. Zilly.(SWT) (Entered: 10/03/2019)
2019-11-0813ANSWER to 1 Complaint, by US Department of the Navy.(Fairchild, Katie) (Entered: 11/08/2019)
2020-02-2714Unopposed MOTION for Leave to File Supplemental Complaint , filed by Plaintiff National Parks Conservation Association. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Supplemental Complaint, # 2 Exhibit Red-line Supplemental Complaint, # 3 Proposed Order) Noting Date 2/27/2020, (Tonry, Claire) (Entered: 02/27/2020)
2020-02-2715DECLARATION of Tom Buchele filed by Plaintiff National Parks Conservation Association re 14 Unopposed MOTION for Leave to File Supplemental Complaint (Tonry, Claire) (Entered: 02/27/2020)
2020-03-0616MINUTE ORDER granting Plaintiff's 14 Motion for Leave to File Supplemental Complaint: Plaintiff shall electronically file its supplemental complaint within seven (7) days of the date of this Minute Order. Defendant's responsive pleading or motion shall be filed within fourteen (14) days after the supplemental complaint is filed. The deadlines for dispositive motions and related briefing set forth in the Minute Order entered 10/3/2019, docket no. 12 , are STRICKEN. Within twenty-eight (28) days after the supplemental complaint is filed, or by 4/10/2020, whichever is earlier, the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report setting forth proposed deadlines for dispositive motions and related briefing. Authorized by Judge Thomas S. Zilly.(MW) (Entered: 03/06/2020)
2020-03-0917Supplemental AMENDED COMPLAINT against defendant(s) US Department of the Navy, filed by National Parks Conservation Association.(Tonry, Claire) (Entered: 03/09/2020)
2020-03-2318ANSWER to 17 Amended Complaint by US Department of the Navy.(Fairchild, Katie) (Entered: 03/23/2020)
2020-04-0319NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Kristin Berger Johnson on behalf of Defendant US Department of the Navy. (Johnson, Kristin) (Entered: 04/03/2020)
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