Wall Board of Ed. denies release of invoice yet “unapproved for payment”

The Wall Township School Board claimed an unapproved yearbook invoice is deliberative and denied release in response to an OPRA request. A lawsuit has been filed with regard to the issue. NJFOG would argue that billed invoices are public records Continue Reading →

Can a public body block release of meeting minutes under OPRA simply by failing to approve them?

Governmental bodies are required to keep minutes of their public meetings under the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), but release of those records is largely governed by the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Though the OPMA requires that minutes be Continue Reading →

CASE SUMMARY: LFTG v. Wall Township Board of Education

Case Name: Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) v. Wall Township Board of Education and Brian J. Smyth Docket Number: MON-L-2848-17 County: Monmouth Filing Date: August 3, 2017 Presiding Judge: Not yet assigned (as of 8/10/17) Status: Open Overview: This case Continue Reading →

Bankrupt resort seeks non-disclosure of records underlying sewer debt settlement with Vernon Twp.

A Vernon Township (Sussex County) resort has asked a court to block release of bankruptcy records related to its settlement with the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) over the resort’s $26 million sewer debt. Under the proposed agreement before Continue Reading →

NJ Supreme Court rules in North Jersey Media v. Lyndhurst Twp.

NEW JERSEY FOUNDATION FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT’S STATEMENT REGARDING NORTH JERSEY MEDIA GROUP, INC. V. TOWNSHIP OF LYNDHURST (N.J. SUPREME COURT OPRA CASE – ACCESS TO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORY RECORDS) By Walter M. Luers, Esq.   Today, July 11, 2017, the New Continue Reading →