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Case TitleSouthern Environmental Law Center v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service
DistrictDistrict of South Carolina
Case Number2:2023cv00869
Date Filed2023-03-02
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeHonorable David C Norton
PlaintiffSouthern Environmental Law Center
Case DescriptionThe Southern Environmental Law Center submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for records concerning Hexastylis naniflora (dwarf-flowered heartleaf) since May 2011. SELC also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and granted SELC's request for a fee waiver. The agency provided an interim response of 284 pages. Because it was an interim response, the agency did not provide SELC with its appeals rights. However, after reviewing the documents, SELC felt they showed the existence of other relevant documents. SELC wrote a comment letter to that point, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, SELC filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Fish and Wildlife Service
Complaint attachment 1
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2023-03-021COMPLAINT against United States Fish and Wildlife Service ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number ASCDC-10973052.), filed by Southern Environmental Law Center. Service due by 5/31/2023 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - 2021.09.09 FOIA to FWS re Hexastylis naniflora)(hcor, ) (Entered: 03/06/2023)
2023-03-023Local Rule 26.01 Answers to Interrogatories by Southern Environmental Law Center.(hcor, ) (Entered: 03/06/2023)
2023-03-024Summons Issued as to United States Fish and Wildlife Service. U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (hcor, ) (Entered: 03/06/2023)
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