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Case TitleBlack Hills Clean Water Alliance v. U.S. Forest Service et al
DistrictDistrict of South Dakota
CityWestern Division
Case Number5:2021cv05072
Date Filed2021-10-21
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeU.S. District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol
PlaintiffBlack Hills Clean Water Alliance
Case DescriptionThe Black Hills Clean Water Alliance submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Forest Service for records concerning exploratory gold drilling in the Northern Hills. The agency acknowledged request and disclosed records in PDF form and posted many records to its website. However, a number of records were withheld. BHCWA filed an administrative appeal. The agency responded to the appeal by upholding its original decision. BHCWA then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Forest Service an agency of the United States
DefendantU.S. Department of Agriculture an agency of the United States
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2021-10-211COMPLAINT, $402 fee paid, receipt# ASDDC-3654483, in shell case on 10/21/21 filed by Black Hills Clean Water Alliance on 10/21/21. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - FOIA, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Public Meeting Materials, # 3 Exhibit 3- F3 POO, # 4 Exhibit 4 - Regional FS FOIA Response) (SLW) (Entered: 10/22/2021)
2021-10-262MOTION for Attorney Jeffrey Parsons to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $100 PHV fee; receipt number ASDDC-3657392) by Black Hills Clean Water Alliance. (Ellison, Bruce) (Entered: 10/26/2021)
2021-10-263MOTION for Attorney Travis Stills to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $100 PHV fee; receipt number ASDDC-3657406) by Black Hills Clean Water Alliance. (Ellison, Bruce) (Entered: 10/26/2021)
2021-10-264REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS (BLACK HILLS CLEAN WATER ALLIANCE vs. US FOREST SERVICE). (Ellison, Bruce) Modified on 10/26/2021 to remove restriction.(CLR) (Entered: 10/26/2021)
2021-10-265Summonses Issued as to USA. Summmons(es), AO 85, and Rule 73 Memo delivered to plaintiff's counsel via electronic delivery to plaintiffs attorney. (Attachments: # 1 Summonses Issued, # 2 AO 85)(CLR) (Entered: 10/26/2021)
2021-10-276ORDER granting 2 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Attorney Jeffrey C. Parsons for Black Hills Clean Water Alliance. Signed by U.S. District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol on 10/27/2021. (VMM) (Entered: 10/27/2021)
2021-10-277ORDER granting 3 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Attorney Travis E. Stills for Black Hills Clean Water Alliance. Signed by U.S. District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol on 10/27/2021. (VMM) (Entered: 10/27/2021)
2021-11-088CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Black Hills Clean Water Alliance . (Ellison, Bruce) (Entered: 11/08/2021)
2021-12-019NOTICE of Appearance by Alison J. Ramsdell on behalf of All Defendants. (Ramsdell, Alison) (Entered: 12/01/2021)
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