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Case TitleCenter for Biological Diversity et al v. Bureau of Industry and Security et al
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2015cv04376
Date Filed2015-09-24
Date Closed2015-10-02
JudgeMagistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley
PlaintiffCenter for Biological Diversity
Case DescriptionThe Center for Biological Diversity submitted a FOIA request to the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Department of Commerce for records concerning the authorization to export crude oil from the United States to foreign countries. The agency responded to the Center's request by indicating that it did not have records pertaining to several items and denying access to other records under Exemption 3 (other statutes), citing the Export Administration Act. The Center appealed, noting that a district court in the Northern District of California had held that the Export Administration Act was no longer a valid Exemption 3 statute because it had expired and never been reauthorized. The agency upheld the use of the Export Administration Act to withhold the records. The Center then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Litigation - Attorney's fees, Exemption 3 - Statutory prohibition of disclosure

DefendantBureau of Industry and Security
DefendantU.S. Department of Commerce
Complaint attachment 1
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2015-09-241COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-9861414.). Filed byCenter for Biological Diversity, ForestEthics. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Su, Anchun Jean) (Filed on 9/24/2015) (Entered: 09/24/2015)
2015-09-242Proposed Summons. (Su, Anchun Jean) (Filed on 9/24/2015) (Entered: 09/24/2015)
2015-09-243Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. (ha, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/24/2015) (Entered: 09/24/2015)
2015-09-244Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 12/31/2015. Case Management Conference set for 1/7/2016 01:30 PM in Courtroom F, 15th Floor, San Francisco. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/24/2015) (Entered: 09/25/2015)
2015-09-255Summons Issued as to Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/25/2015) (Entered: 09/25/2015)
2015-09-256Certificate of Interested Entities by Center for Biological Diversity, ForestEthics (Su, Anchun Jean) (Filed on 9/25/2015) (Entered: 09/25/2015)
2015-10-027NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal [F.R.C.P. 41(A)(i)] by Center for Biological Diversity, ForestEthics (Su, Anchun Jean) (Filed on 10/2/2015) (Entered: 10/02/2015)
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