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New Jersey Courts Hands Victories to Open Government Records Advocates

by Genova Burns LLC on

Over the past month, the New Jersey courts have handed down several rulings clarifying the scope of New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, or OPRA. The rulings have resulted in several significant victories for advocates of...more

The Expanding Definition of “News Media” Under FOIA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the age of Twitter and blogging, it is not always easy to tell who qualifies as a journalist or member of the media. But according to a recent advisory opinion from the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney...more

Legislation Update: How Should Law Enforcement Video Recordings Be Handled in NC?

House Bill 972 was signed into law last summer, and took effect on October 1, 2016. The law is a significant change in the way municipalities are required to handle video recordings made by law enforcement, both with dash...more

Police Arrest Videos Not Considered Confidential

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court recently denied considering an appellate court ruling from a case in Eureka that police arrest videos cannot be considered confidential officer personnel records and therefore kept from public...more

Changes to Public Records Act Reshape Duties of Government Contractors

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Recent amendments to Florida's Public Records Act both clarify and alter a contractor's responsibilities under the Act. The 2016 amendment to the Act applies to contracts with a public agency entered into or amended on or...more

"Private" E-mails and FOIA

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Recent legal decisions continue to blur the line between private communications and public records, extending the reach of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Because of these shifts, proactive government officials are...more

We Really Mean It This Time: Recently Enacted FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 Mandates

by Bryan Cave on

On June 13, Congress passed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, and President Obama signed the bill into law on June 30, nearly 50 years after the original Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) was first enacted. The new law was...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April 2016

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: I have been around the block, but yesterday a parent made a demand that is a new one for me. I had met with the parent to review the results of our bullying investigation about her son’s behavior...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - February 2016: Personal Documents Stored on a Government Computer System — Disclosable Under...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Personal Documents Stored on a Government Computer System — Disclosable Under Illinois' FOIA? Not all documents created or stored on a government computer system are subject to disclosure under Illinois' Freedom of...more

Naming Names: Washington Supreme Court Holds That Public Employers Must Disclose the Names of Employees Being Investigated for...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 2, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court held that public employees under investigation for workplace misconduct cannot prevent their identities from being disclosed in response to a request for public records. The...more

Sunshine Creeps into Dark Corners of Harrisburg

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

National Sunshine Week did not exist in the 1700s, but the Founding Fathers knew all too well the frustrations of accessing public records and even wrote about it right here in Philadelphia. Originally published in The...more

To Close or Not to Close: Tennessee Attorney General Weighs in on Hospital Bonuses and What Constitutes a Strategic Plan

On January 28, 2015, the Tennessee Attorney General ("Attorney General") issued a formal opinion ("Opinion") addressing whether Tennessee law permits "the board of a public hospital to meet in closed session to discuss...more

Show Your Work: Washington Supreme Court Awards Attorney’s Fees in Public Records Case for Failure to Provide “Brief Explanation”...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court has long endorsed a liberal construction of the Washington Public Records Act (PRA), calling it a “strongly-worded mandate for broad disclosure of public records.” Hearst Corp. v. Hoppe, 90 Wn.2d...more

N.C. Public Records Case Opens up Access to Agency Database

by Brooks Pierce on

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently decided a landmark case for public records law in the state. In that case, the panel of three appellate judges determined that the Automated Criminal/Infraction System (“ACIS”)...more

Court Rules Private Fund Data Is Not A Public Record

by Allen Matkins on

Private equity and venture capital funds like public pension fund money but they don’t necessarily like the consequences of having the government as an investor. As noted in this post, this was illustrated by Superior Court...more

Texas Public Information Act: Uniform Trade Secret Act Broadens the Scope of Protection

by Jackson Walker on

The 83rd Texas Legislature recently enacted Senate Bill 953 and created the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act ("TUTSA") in Chapter 134A of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. For companies wishing to defend their...more

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