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Case TitleStepien v. Spinrad et al
DistrictWestern District of Washington
Case Number2:2021cv01166
Date Filed2021-08-27
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeHon. S. Kate Vaughan
PlaintiffCarol Stepien
Case DescriptionCarol Stepien, a former employee of the agency, submitted two FOIA requests to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for records concerning communications to or from Michelle McClure related to high turnover rates at the agency. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Stepien filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantRick Spinrad Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
DefendantMr. Rick Spinrad
DefendantNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration an Agency of the United States
also known as NOAA
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Complaint attachment 2
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2021-08-271COMPLAINT against defendant(s) Rick Spinrad, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Receipt # AWAWDC-7226775) Attorney Nolan Patrick Lim added to party Carol Stepien(pty:pla), filed by Carol Stepien. (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(Lim, Nolan) Modified on 9/2/2021 to add additional defendant filing is against (KB). (Entered: 08/27/2021)
2021-08-31Hon. S. Kate Vaughan added. (RE) (Entered: 08/31/2021)
2021-08-312Summons Electronically Issued as to defendant Rick Spinrad. (RE) (Entered: 08/31/2021)
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