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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2021cv00394
Date Filed2021-02-12
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Case DescriptionThe law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Putnam submitted three FOIA requests in 2017 on behalf of United Communities submitted to the Department of Defense for records concerning basic allowance for housing for military bases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests but withheld records under Exemption 4 (confidential business information). Pillsbury filed administrative appeals of all three responses. In November 2020, the law firm of Smith Currie & Hancock submitted a FOIA request on behalf of United Communities to the Department of Defense for records concerning basic allowance for housing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency pertaining to any of its requests, United Communities filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2021-02-121COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ADCDC-8195820) filed by UNITED COMMUNITIES, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H, # 9 Exhibit I, # 10 Exhibit J, # 11 Exhibit K, # 12 Civil Cover Sheet, # 13 Summons, # 14 Summons, # 15 Summons)(Carpenter, Sarah) (Attachment 12 replaced on 2/17/2021) (znmw). (Entered: 02/12/2021)
2021-02-122LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by UNITED COMMUNITIES, LLC (Carpenter, Sarah) (Entered: 02/12/2021)
2021-02-16Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (adh, ) (Entered: 02/16/2021)
2021-02-163SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(adh, ) (Entered: 02/16/2021)
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