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Case TitleNATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, INC. et al v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2020cv03259
Date Filed2020-11-12
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
PlaintiffNATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, INC.
PlaintiffGRAHAM SMITH
Case DescriptionGraham Smith, an investigative reporter for NPR, submitted a FOIA request to the Centers for Disease Control for records concerning defective test kits pertaining to the corona virus. Smith also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency located 574 pages of responsive records but withheld them entirely under Exemption 5 (privileges) and Exemption 7(A) (interference with ongoing investigation or proceeding). NPR filed an administrative appeal of the denial. The agency upheld the denial. In the interim, NPR reporter Dina Temple-Raston published a report based on a CDC review document she had obtained independently. Smith claimed Temple-Raston's report showed the public interest in the subject matter of his request. NPR then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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2020-11-121COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-7825292) filed by NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, INC., GRAHAM SMITH. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Exhibit 7, # 8 Civil Cover Sheet, # 9 Summons, # 10 Summons, # 11 Summons)(Kelley, Matthew) (Entered: 11/12/2020)
2020-11-12Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (zsb) (Entered: 11/12/2020)
2020-11-132SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 11/13/2020)
2020-11-163LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, INC. (Kelley, Matthew) (Entered: 11/16/2020)
2020-12-014ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR CASES ASSIGNED TO JUDGE COLLEEN KOLLAR-KOTELLY. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 12/1/2020. (DM) (Entered: 12/01/2020)
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