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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2017cv01218
Date Filed2017-06-21
Date Closed2017-11-17
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
Case DescriptionJudicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning the agency's use of the Thunderclap social media platform. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Judicial Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2017-06-211COMPLAINT against ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5000252) filed by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons U.S. Attorney, # 3 Summons U.S. Attorney General, # 4 Summons EPA)(Fedeli, Chris) (Entered: 06/21/2017)
2017-06-212LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. (Fedeli, Chris) (Entered: 06/21/2017)
2017-06-26Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (zsb) (Entered: 06/26/2017)
2017-06-263SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Consent Form)(zsb) (Entered: 06/26/2017)
2017-06-264GENERAL ORDER AND GUIDELINES FOR CIVIL CASES BEFORE JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON. The Court will hold the parties and counsel responsible for following these directives, and parties and counsel should pay particular attention to the Courts instructions for briefing motions and filing exhibits. Failure to adhere to this Order may, when appropriate, result the imposition of sanctions and/or sua sponte denial of non-conforming motions. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 6/26/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 06/26/2017)
2017-07-065RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 6/30/2017. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 7/30/2017.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 6/30/2017., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY served on 6/29/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Cristina Rotaru)(Fedeli, Chris) (Entered: 07/06/2017)
2017-07-316ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.(Nebeker, William) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
2017-07-31MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure, on or before 8/14/2017. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 07/31/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 07/31/2017)
2017-08-147Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. (Nebeker, William) (Entered: 08/14/2017)
2017-08-14MINUTE ORDER. In light of the representations in the parties' 7 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further joint status report on or before 12/13/2017, which shall contain a proposed schedule for further proceedings if litigation is going to be necessary. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 08/14/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 08/14/2017)
2017-08-14Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/13/2017 (hs) (Entered: 08/14/2017)
2017-11-028Case directly reassigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is no longer assigned to the case. (ztnr) (Entered: 11/02/2017)
2017-11-169STIPULATION of Dismissal (Joint) by JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.. (Fedeli, Chris) (Entered: 11/16/2017)
2017-11-16MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 9 Joint Stipulation of Dismissal, this matter is DISMISSED with prejudice per the terms of the stipulation. The Clerk of Court is directed to close the case. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 11/16/2017. (lctnm3) (Entered: 11/16/2017)
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