Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Capt. J. Thomas Martin, et al.

Letter Opinion


EPIC Prevails in Virginia Fusion Center FOIA Case

On May 8, 2008, Richmond General District Court held that EPIC "substantially prevailed" on the merits of its freedom of information lawsuit against the Virginia State Police. EPIC filed the case after the State Police refused to disclose documents describing the federal government's involvement in efforts to limit Virginia's transparency and privacy laws. Through the litigation, EPIC uncovered a secret contract between the State Police and the FBI that limits the rights of Virginia citizens to learn what information the State Police collect about them. The court's letter opinion requires the State Police to pay EPIC's litigation costs, but not its attorneys' fees. For more information, see EPIC's web page EPIC v. Virginia Department of State Police: Fusion Center Secrecy Bill.

This is the Court's Letter Opinion.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 4th Circuit, Virginia | United States

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