CASE SUMMARY: LFTG v. Willingboro Township
Case Name: Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) v. Willingboro Township and Sarah Wooding
Docket Number: BUR-L-1415-16
Filing Date: July 1, 2016
Presiding Judge: Bookbinder, Ronald E.
Status: Resolved except issue of attorney fees award.
This case sought to determine whether a proposed release exchanged between a lawsuit’s parties is disclosable under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).
Plaintiff’s OPRA request to Willingboro with statement explaining why prompt disclosure of settlement terms is important
Order to show cause, Complaint, briefs filed by Plaintiff
Willingboro Township confidentially paid out $75,000 to settle woman’s police excessive force lawsuit.
Lawsuit seeks settlement docs/terms prior to formal signing of agreement
Judge rules that Willingboro violated OPRA by failing to disclose draft, unsigned lawsuit release.