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Case TitleNew York Civil Liberties Union v. Office of Refugee Resettlement et al
DistrictSouthern District of New York
CityFoley Square
Case Number1:2020cv05573
Date Filed2020-07-20
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ronnie Abrams
PlaintiffNew York Civil Liberties Union
Case DescriptionThe New York Civil Liberties Union submitted a FOIA request to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, part of the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services, for records concerning a policy change prohibiting ORR shelters from transporting children to offices of their attorneys. NYCLU also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. NYCLU filed an administrative appeal when the agency failed to respond within the statutory time limit. After hearing nothing further from the agency, NYCLU filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Expedited processing, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantOffice of Refugee Resettlement
DefendantAdministration for Children and Families
DefendantU.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
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2020-07-201COMPLAINT against Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,. (Filing Fee $ 400.00, Receipt Number ANYSDC-20758400)Document filed by New York Civil Liberties Union. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, FOIA Request, # 2 Exhibit B, Acknowledgment Letter, # 3 Exhibit C, FOIA Appeal).(Cohen, Jordan) (Entered: 07/20/2020)
2020-07-202CIVIL COVER SHEET filed..(Cohen, Jordan) (Entered: 07/20/2020)
2020-07-21CASE OPENING INITIAL ASSIGNMENT NOTICE: The above-entitled action is assigned to Judge Ronnie Abrams. Please download and review the Individual Practices of the assigned District Judge, located at https://nysd.uscourts.gov/judges/district-judges . 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 https://nysd.uscourts.gov/rules/ecf-related-instructions . .(jgo) (Entered: 07/21/2020)
2020-07-21Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn 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: https://nysd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/2018-06/AO-3.pdf . (jgo) (Entered: 07/21/2020)
2020-07-21Case Designated ECF. (jgo) (Entered: 07/21/2020)
2020-07-213NOTICE OF APPEARANCE by Christopher Thomas Dunn on behalf of New York Civil Liberties Union..(Dunn, Christopher) (Entered: 07/21/2020)
2020-07-244ORDER AND NOTICE OF INITIAL CONFERENCE: Initial Conference set for 9/25/2020 at 10:15 AM before Judge Ronnie Abrams. To the extent that COVID-19 still makes it impractical to meet in person at that time, the Court will hold the conference by telephone. (Signed by Judge Ronnie Abrams on 7/24/2020) (rj) (Entered: 07/24/2020)
2020-07-245REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to Office of Refugee Resettlement, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by New York Civil Liberties Union..(Cohen, Jordan) (Entered: 07/24/2020)
2020-07-246REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to Administration for Children and Families, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by New York Civil Liberties Union..(Cohen, Jordan) (Entered: 07/24/2020)
2020-07-247REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, re: 1 Complaint,. Document filed by New York Civil Liberties Union..(Cohen, Jordan) (Entered: 07/24/2020)
2020-07-278ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Administration for Children and Families..(jgo) (Entered: 07/27/2020)
2020-07-279ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Office of Refugee Resettlement..(jgo) (Entered: 07/27/2020)
2020-07-2710ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,..(jgo) (Entered: 07/27/2020)
2020-07-2811AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE of Summons and Complaint,. Administration for Children and Families served on 7/28/2020, answer due 8/18/2020; Office of Refugee Resettlement served on 7/28/2020, answer due 8/18/2020; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, served on 7/28/2020, answer due 8/18/2020. Service was made by Mail. Document filed by New York Civil Liberties Union..(Cohen, Jordan) (Entered: 07/28/2020)
2020-08-0612NOTICE OF APPEARANCE by Antony Philip Falconer Gemmell on behalf of New York Civil Liberties Union..(Gemmell, Antony) (Entered: 08/06/2020)
2020-08-2713ANSWER to 1 Complaint,. Document filed by Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,..(Jude, Jennifer) (Entered: 08/27/2020)
2020-09-1614AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE of Order (ECF No. 4) served on All Defendants. Document filed by New York Civil Liberties Union. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Email Confirmation of Waiver).(Cohen, Jordan) (Entered: 09/16/2020)
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