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Case TitleNorthwest Environmental Advocates v. United States Environmental Protection Agency
DistrictWestern District of Washington
Case Number2:2019cv00887
Date Filed2019-06-06
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Robert S. Lasnik
PlaintiffNorthwest Environmental Advocates an Oregon non-profit corporation
Case DescriptionNorthwest Environmental Advocates submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning NWEA's 2013 petition to have the agency update Washington State's criteria for toxics. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency then told NWEA that it had posted an interim response to its request on its website. The agency disclosed 1,041 pages in four sets. Although the agency did not indicate that it was withholding any information, NWEA found that information had been redacted on the basis of Exemption 5 (privileges) and Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy). NWEA filed an administrative appeal, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, NWEA filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Environmental Protection Agency an agency of the United States of America
Complaint attachment 1
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2019-06-061COMPLAINT against defendant(s) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Receipt # 0981-5797547), filed by Northwest Environmental Advocates. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Kampmeier, Paul) (Entered: 06/06/2019)
2019-06-062CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT indicating no Corporate Parents and/or Affiliates. Filed pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P 7.1. Filed by Northwest Environmental Advocates (Kampmeier, Paul) (Entered: 06/06/2019)
2019-06-063APPLICATION OF ATTORNEY Lia Comerford FOR LEAVE TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE for Plaintiff Northwest Environmental Advocates (Fee Paid) Receipt No. 0981-5797581 (Kampmeier, Paul) (Entered: 06/06/2019)
2019-06-074ORDER re 3 Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice. The Court ADMITS Attorney Lia Comerford for Plaintiff Northwest Environmental Advocates, 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: 06/07/2019)
2019-06-07Judge Robert S. Lasnik added. (GT) (Entered: 06/07/2019)
2019-06-075Summons Electronically Issued as to defendant United States Environmental Protection Agency. (GT) (Entered: 06/07/2019)
2019-06-286AFFIDAVIT of Mailing of Summons and Complaint to United States Environmental Protection Agency on 6/10/2019, filed by Plaintiff Northwest Environmental Advocates. (Comerford, Lia) (Entered: 06/28/2019)
2019-06-287CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Plaintiff Northwest Environmental Advocates re 2 Corporate Disclosure Statement, 3 Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice, 1 Complaint, 4 Order on Application for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice, Add and Terminate Judges (Comerford, Lia) (Entered: 06/28/2019)
2019-07-158NOTICE of Appearance by attorney Michelle R. Lambert on behalf of Defendant United States Environmental Protection Agency. (Lambert, Michelle) (Entered: 07/15/2019)
2019-07-159ANSWER to 1 Complaint by United States Environmental Protection Agency.(Lambert, Michelle) (Entered: 07/15/2019)
2019-07-1610ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT AND EARLY SETTLEMENT Joint Status Report due by 8/13/2019, by Judge Robert S. Lasnik. (KERR) (Entered: 07/16/2019)
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