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Case TitleCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv00120
Date Filed2020-01-16
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Emmet G. Sullivan
PlaintiffCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Case DescriptionThe Center for Biological Diversity submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Energy for records concerning the Interconnections Seam Study, an evaluation of options for improving the connections within the U.S. electrical grid. CBD also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency asked CBD if it would accept responsive emails immediately and then choose relevant email attachments. CBD agreed to the proposal with the caveat that it would not be required to submit new FOIA requests for email attachments. The agency also granted CBD's request for a fee waiver. After hearing nothing further from the agency CBD filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
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2020-01-161COMPLAINT against CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-6738676) filed by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Corporate Disclosure Statement)(Crystal, Howard) (Entered: 01/16/2020)
2020-01-162LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (zmc) (Entered: 01/21/2020)
2020-01-21Case assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. (zmc) (Entered: 01/21/2020)
2020-01-213SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zmc) (Entered: 01/21/2020)
2020-01-284STANDING ORDER: The parties are directed to read the attached Standing Order Governing Civil Cases Before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in its entirety upon receipt. The parties are hereby ORDERED to comply with the directives in the attached Standing Order. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 01/28/20. (Attachments: Exhibit 1) (mac) (Entered: 01/28/2020)
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