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Case TitleNational Parks Conservation Association v. US Department of the Navy
DistrictWestern District of Washington
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
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
Opinion/Order [6]
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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)
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