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Case TitleNatural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2020cv00900
Date Filed2020-02-03
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Andrew L. Carter, Jr
PlaintiffNatural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
Case DescriptionThe Natural Resources Defense Council submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning the content of speeches given by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to groups outside the federal government, including the prepared text of speeches as well as notes taken during his remarks. NRDC also requested a fee waiver. Two years later, the agency told NRDC that it had located 94 responsive pages but was withholding them all under Exemption 5 (privileges). NRDC filed an administrative appeal of that decision. The agency responded to NRDC's appeal by upholding its deliberative process privilege claim but indicating as well that the agency's search was insufficient and a further search would be conducted. After hearing nothing further from the agency, NRDC filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Adequacy - Search

DefendantUnited States Environmental Protection Agency
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2020-02-031COMPLAINT against United States Environmental Protection Agency. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number ANYSDC-18664736)Document filed by Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A to Complaint, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B to Complaint, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C to Complaint, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit D to Complaint).(Gustafson, Robert) (Entered: 02/03/2020)
2020-02-032CIVIL COVER SHEET filed..(Gustafson, Robert) (Entered: 02/03/2020)
2020-02-033REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to United States Environmental Protection Agency, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc...(Gustafson, Robert) (Entered: 02/03/2020)
2020-02-034RULE 7.1 CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. No Corporate Parent. Document filed by Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc...(Gustafson, Robert) (Entered: 02/03/2020)
2020-02-04CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at . Attorneys are responsible for providing courtesy copies to judges where their Individual Practices require such. Please download and review the ECF Rules and Instructions, located at . .(jgo) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
2020-02-04Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger is so designated. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 636(c) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73(b)(1) parties are notified that they may consent to proceed before a United States Magistrate Judge. Parties who wish to consent may access the necessary form at the following link: . (jgo) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
2020-02-04Case Designated ECF. (jgo) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
2020-02-045ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to United States Environmental Protection Agency..(jgo) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
2020-02-046NOTICE OF APPEARANCE by Catherine Marlantes Rahm on behalf of Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc...(Rahm, Catherine) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
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