Case: Center for Reproductive Rights v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

1:18-cv-01688 | U.S. District Court for the District of District of Columbia

Filed Date: July 19, 2018

Closed Date: Oct. 12, 2021

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Case Summary

On July 19, 2018, the Center For Reproductive Rights and the National Women’s Law Center filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Represented by Covington and Burling LLP, the plaintiffs asked the court to compel HHS to disclose records responsive to two FOIA requests, which sought records pertaining to certain complaints filed with the HHS Office…

On July 19, 2018, the Center For Reproductive Rights and the National Women’s Law Center filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Represented by Covington and Burling LLP, the plaintiffs asked the court to compel HHS to disclose records responsive to two FOIA requests, which sought records pertaining to certain complaints filed with the HHS Office for Civil Rights. Judge Beryl A. Howell presided over the case.

On September 12, 2018, following a joint status report, Judge Howell quickly ordered the parties to continue to file such reports, updating the court on HHS’s efforts locating and sharing potentially responsive documents. The bulk of the docket consists of these status reports, which the parties filed periodically throughout the litigation. Reports were filed through August 13, 2021.

On November 5, 2018, the Operations and Resources Division of the HHS Office of Civil Rights informed the plaintiffs that they had located 130 pages of responsive documents but that those documents were exempt from release because they pertained to open investigations. The parties agreed that other documents that had been located by other divisions within the HHS Office of Civil Rights would be released on a rolling basis. 

In an attempt to resolve the exemption issue through summary judgment, the plaintiffs filed a motion for a scheduling order on June 4, 2019. On July 8, the Court ordered HHS to provide the plaintiffs with a detailed description of the withheld documents and a justification for withholding them (otherwise known as a Vaughn index). In response to the Vaughn index, the plaintiffs abandoned their motion and pursued a private agreement concerning these documents.

On October 8, 2021, the parties stipulated to a dismissal, and the court dismissed the case without prejudice four days later.  The stipulation of dismissal did not explain the reasons for the dismissal. As of the last status report filed before dismissal, the Civil Rights Division had developed an ongoing project to identify potentially responsive documents, and the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division had produced 17,123 pages of responsive documents, 7,712 of which had been partially or fully disclosed.

This case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Evan Gamza (2/9/2022)

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Judge(s)

Howell, Beryl Alaine (District of Columbia)

Attorney for Plaintiff

Cassidy, Susan Booth (District of Columbia)

Cohen, Laura Beth (District of Columbia)

Attorney for Defendant

Quinn, Thomas Anthony (District of Columbia)

Seabrook, April Denise (District of Columbia)

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document
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1:18-cv-01688

Complaint

Center for Reproductive Rights v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

Complaint
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1:18-cv-01688

Stipulation of Dismissal

Oct. 8, 2021

Oct. 8, 2021

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/7474736/center-for-reproductive-rights-v-us-department-of-health-human/

Last updated April 30, 2024, 3 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against All Plaintiffs ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5596151) filed by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - January 26 2018 FOIA Request, # 2 Exhibit B - February 22 2018 HHS Letter, # 3 Exhibit C - March 5 2018 FOIA Request, # 4 Exhibit D - March 6 2018 HHS Letter, # 5 Civil Cover Sheet, # 6 Summons to HHS, # 7 Summons to DCUSA, # 8 Summons to USAG)(McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 07/19/2018)

1 Exhibit A - January 26 2018 FOIA Request

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2 Exhibit B - February 22 2018 HHS Letter

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3 Exhibit C - March 5 2018 FOIA Request

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4 Exhibit D - March 6 2018 HHS Letter

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5 Civil Cover Sheet

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6 Summons to HHS

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7 Summons to DCUSA

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8 Summons to USAG

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July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

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LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 07/19/2018)

July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

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LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 07/19/2018)

July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

PACER

Case Assigned to Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell. (zsb)

July 20, 2018

July 20, 2018

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SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsb) (Entered: 07/23/2018)

July 23, 2018

July 23, 2018

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STANDING ORDER. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on July 27, 2018. (lcbah3) (Entered: 07/27/2018)

July 27, 2018

July 27, 2018

RECAP
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 7/30/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/29/2018. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 08/02/2018)

Aug. 2, 2018

Aug. 2, 2018

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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 7/30/2018. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 08/02/2018)

Aug. 2, 2018

Aug. 2, 2018

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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES served on 7/27/2018 (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 08/02/2018)

Aug. 2, 2018

Aug. 2, 2018

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NOTICE of Appearance by Marsha Wellknown Yee on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (Yee, Marsha) (Entered: 08/16/2018)

Aug. 16, 2018

Aug. 16, 2018

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ANSWER to Complaint by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES.(Yee, Marsha) (Entered: 08/29/2018)

Aug. 29, 2018

Aug. 29, 2018

RECAP
11

Joint STATUS REPORT and Proposed Schedule by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Seabrook, April) (Entered: 09/12/2018)

Sept. 12, 2018

Sept. 12, 2018

PACER

MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, the parties to file, by October 9, 2018, a joint status report recommending a schedule for further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on September 12, 2018. (lcbah3)

Sept. 12, 2018

Sept. 12, 2018

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/9/2018. (tg)

Sept. 12, 2018

Sept. 12, 2018

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NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by April Denise Seabrook on behalf of All Defendants Substituting for attorney Marsha Yee (Seabrook, April) (Entered: 09/13/2018)

Sept. 13, 2018

Sept. 13, 2018

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Susan Booth Cassidy on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Cassidy, Susan) (Entered: 09/25/2018)

Sept. 25, 2018

Sept. 25, 2018

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14

Joint STATUS REPORT and Proposed Schedule by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 10/09/2018)

Oct. 9, 2018

Oct. 9, 2018

RECAP

MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 14 Joint Status Report and Proposed Schedule, the parties to file, by November 9, 2018, a joint status report proposing a schedule to govern further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on October 9, 2018. (lcbah3)

Oct. 9, 2018

Oct. 9, 2018

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/9/2018. (tg)

Oct. 10, 2018

Oct. 10, 2018

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NOTICE of Appearance by Brian J. Field on behalf of All Defendants (Field, Brian) (Entered: 11/09/2018)

Nov. 9, 2018

Nov. 9, 2018

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 11/09/2018)

Nov. 9, 2018

Nov. 9, 2018

RECAP

MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 16 Joint Status Report and Proposed Schedule, the parties to file, by December 10, 2018, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties and, if so, a proposed schedule to govern further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on November 13, 2018. (lcbah3)

Nov. 13, 2018

Nov. 13, 2018

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/10/2018. (tg)

Nov. 13, 2018

Nov. 13, 2018

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 12/10/2018)

Dec. 10, 2018

Dec. 10, 2018

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 17 Joint Status Report and Proposed Schedule, the parties to file, by January 11, 2019, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties and, if so, a proposed schedule to govern further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on December 10, 2018. (lcbah3)

Dec. 10, 2018

Dec. 10, 2018

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/11/2018. (tg)

Dec. 11, 2018

Dec. 11, 2018

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Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Joint Status Report by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 01/10/2019)

Jan. 10, 2019

Jan. 10, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) GRANTING the plaintiffs' 18 Unopposed Motion to Extend Deadline to File Joint Status Report. Accordingly, the January 11, 2019 deadline for the parties to file a joint status report, set forth in the Court's December 10, 2018 Minute Order, is extended until February 8, 2019. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on January 10, 2019. (lcbah3)

Jan. 10, 2019

Jan. 10, 2019

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 2/8/2019. (tg)

Jan. 11, 2019

Jan. 11, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 02/08/2019)

Feb. 8, 2019

Feb. 8, 2019

PACER

MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 19 Joint Status Report and Proposed Schedule, the parties to file, by March 8, 2019, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties and, if so, a proposed schedule to govern further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on February 11, 2019. (lcbah3)

Feb. 11, 2019

Feb. 11, 2019

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 3/8/2019. (tg)

Feb. 11, 2019

Feb. 11, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 03/08/2019)

March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019

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.Order

March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 20 Joint Status Report and Proposed Schedule, the parties to file, by April 12, 2019, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties and, if so, a proposed schedule to govern further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on March 8, 2019. (lcbah3)

March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 4/12/2019. (tg)

March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 04/12/2019)

April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019

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.Order

April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 21 Joint Status Report and Proposed Schedule, the parties to file, by May 10, 2019, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties and, if so, a proposed schedule to govern further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on April 12, 2019. (lcbah3)

April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 5/10/2019. (tg)

April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019

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22

NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE as to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. Attorney April Denise Seabrook terminated. (Seabrook, April) (Entered: 04/25/2019)

April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019

PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 05/10/2019)

May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

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.Order

May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 23 Joint Status Report and Proposed Schedule, the parties to file, by June 14, 2019, and every 30 days thereafter, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties and, if so, a proposed schedule to govern further proceedings. (lcbah4)

May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/14/2019, and every 30 days thereafter. (tg)

May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

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MOTION for Briefing Schedule by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A (Defendant's March 2019 Production), # 2 Exhibit B (Correspondence Between Counsel), # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 06/04/2019)

June 4, 2019

June 4, 2019

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.Order

June 10, 2019

June 10, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the plaintiffs' 24 Motion for a Scheduling Order, and in order to reach an expeditious resolution of this matter without resource-intensive seriatim summary judgment briefing proposed by the plaintiff, the defendant to submit, in the parties' joint status report due on June 14, 2019, responses to the following issues raised in the plaintiffs' 24 Motion: (1) why the defendant is unable to produce documents at a faster rate than 500 pages per month, see Pls.' Mot. at 4, at which rate production would not be complete until November 2021, see id.; (2) why the defendant has failed to provide a summary of searches "that were run to determine the volume of potentially responsive records," even though the defendant "agreed" to provide this summary to facilitate negotiations about which documents the defendant should prioritize for processing, id.;(3) why the defendant refuses to provide a partial Vaughn index "for some sample of withheld records" until the completion of production, by the plaintiffs' estimation, in two years, id., when providing the bases for withholdings on a rolling basis would help facilitate negotiations between the parties; and (4) the defendant's position on the plaintiffs' claim that the defendant is invoking Exemption 7(A) too broadly, and improperly withholding entire pages rather than redacting reasonably segregable information, id. at 5–8. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on June 10, 2019. (lcbah3)

June 10, 2019

June 10, 2019

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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to file Joint Status Report by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (Field, Brian) (Entered: 06/12/2019)

June 12, 2019

June 12, 2019

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Order on Motion for Extension of Time to

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) GRANTING the defendant's 25 Motion to Extend, consented to by the plaintiffs. Accordingly, the deadline for the parties' joint status report is extended until June 18, 2019. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on June 13, 2019. (lcbah3)

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/18/2019. (tg)

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 06/18/2019)

June 18, 2019

June 18, 2019

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.Order

June 24, 2019

June 24, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) GRANTING the plaintiffs' request, in ¶ 14 of the parties' 26 Joint Status Report and Proposed Schedule, to "respond to Defendant's Responses to Court's Questions and in Opposition to 24 Plaintiffs' Motion for a Briefing Schedule." Accordingly, the plaintiffs shall file, by June 28, 2019, any such response. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on June 24, 2019. (lcbah3)

June 24, 2019

June 24, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines

June 25, 2019

June 25, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines: Plaintiffs' response to Defendant's Responses to Court's Questions and in Opposition to 24 Plaintiffs' Motion for a Briefing Schedule due by 6/28/2019. (tg)

June 25, 2019

June 25, 2019

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RESPONSE re 26 Status Report filed by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 06/28/2019)

June 28, 2019

June 28, 2019

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Order on Motion for Briefing Schedule

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) GRANTING IN PART the plaintiffs' 24 Motion for a Scheduling Order ("Pls.' Mot."), in light of the parties' dispute over the extent of the defendant's withholdings under Exemption 7(A) to date, the potential to expedite resolution of this entire case with an early resolution of that Exemption 7(A) dispute, and the plaintiffs' agreement to resolve the Exemption 7(A) dispute with "a partial Vaughn index for some sample of withheld records." Pls.' Mot. at 4. Accordingly, the parties are DIRECTED as follows: (1) by July 18, 2019, the defendant shall produce to the plaintiffs a Vaughn Index for a representative sample of documents withheld, including, at least, the 130 pages withheld from the defendant's November 2018 production; and (2) by August 7, 2019, the parties shall submit a joint status report advising the Court whether, after review of the partial Vaughn index, the plaintiffs continue to request resolving, before production is complete, the parties' Exemption 7(A) dispute through cross-motions for partial summary judgment. In addition, the recurring 30-day Joint Status Report otherwise due in July and August, see Min. Order (May 10, 2019), is SUSPENDED; and the defendant is DIRECTED to "continue to process all potentially responsive records" at a rate of at least 500 pages per month and "issue interim responses to the Plaintiffs on the 5th day of each month (or on the following business day if the 5th day of a given month lands on a weekend or a federal holiday)." 26 Parties' Jt. Status Report ¶¶ 12, 18(a). The plaintiffs' 24 Motion is otherwise DENIED without prejudice. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on July 8, 2019. (lcbah3)

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines: Defendant's Vaughn Index due by 7/18/2019; joint status report due by 8/7/2019. (tg)

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 08/07/2019)

Aug. 7, 2019

Aug. 7, 2019

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.Order

Aug. 7, 2019

Aug. 7, 2019

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 28 Joint Status Report and Proposed Schedule, and their representation that "[a]t this time, based on the representative Vaughn index provided by Defendant, Plaintiffs do not continue to seek resolution of the 7(A) Exemption issues through summary judgment," 28 Jt. Status Rpt. ¶ 15, the parties to file, by September 13, 2019, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties and, if so, a proposed schedule to govern further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on August 7, 2019. (lcbah3)

Aug. 7, 2019

Aug. 7, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines

Aug. 8, 2019

Aug. 8, 2019

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Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/13/2019. (tg)

Aug. 8, 2019

Aug. 8, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 09/13/2019)

Sept. 13, 2019

Sept. 13, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 10/11/2019)

Oct. 11, 2019

Oct. 11, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 11/08/2019)

Nov. 8, 2019

Nov. 8, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 12/13/2019)

Dec. 13, 2019

Dec. 13, 2019

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 01/10/2020)

Jan. 10, 2020

Jan. 10, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 02/14/2020)

Feb. 14, 2020

Feb. 14, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 03/13/2020)

March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 04/13/2020)

April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 05/15/2020)

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 06/12/2020)

June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 07/10/2020)

July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 08/14/2020)

Aug. 14, 2020

Aug. 14, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 09/11/2020)

Sept. 11, 2020

Sept. 11, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 10/09/2020)

Oct. 9, 2020

Oct. 9, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 11/13/2020)

Nov. 13, 2020

Nov. 13, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 12/11/2020)

Dec. 11, 2020

Dec. 11, 2020

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 01/08/2021)

Jan. 8, 2021

Jan. 8, 2021

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 02/12/2021)

Feb. 12, 2021

Feb. 12, 2021

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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. (Field, Brian) (Entered: 03/12/2021)

March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 04/09/2021)

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 05/14/2021)

May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021

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NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTION OF COUNSEL by April Denise Seabrook on behalf of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Substituting for attorney Brian Field (Seabrook, April) (Entered: 06/02/2021)

June 2, 2021

June 2, 2021

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 06/11/2021)

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

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NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE as to CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. Attorney William McAuliffe terminated. (McAuliffe, William) (Entered: 06/24/2021)

June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021

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NOTICE of Appearance by Blake Weiner on behalf of All Defendants (Weiner, Blake) (Entered: 08/10/2021)

Aug. 10, 2021

Aug. 10, 2021

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NOTICE of Appearance by Laura Beth Cohen on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Cohen, Laura) (Main Document 54 replaced on 8/13/2021) (zeg). (Entered: 08/13/2021)

Aug. 13, 2021

Aug. 13, 2021

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Joint STATUS REPORT by CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER. (Cohen, Laura) (Entered: 08/13/2021)

Aug. 13, 2021

Aug. 13, 2021

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MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the parties' 55 Joint Status Report, the parties to file, by October 12, 2021, a joint status report advising the Court whether any disputes remain between the parties, and if so, proposing a schedule for further proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on September 13, 2021. (lcbah3)

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.Order

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Case Details

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Reproductive Issues

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 19, 2018

Closing Date: Oct. 12, 2021

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Two non-profit organizations who submitted FOIA requests and did not receive a response in a timely manner

Plaintiff Type(s):

Non-profit NON-religious organization

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

United States Department of Health and Human Services (District of Columbia, District of Columbia), Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552

Available Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Amount Defendant Pays: $0

Issues

General/Misc.:

Records Disclosure