Lawsuit seeks settlement docs/terms prior to formal signing of agreement

Settlement agreements involving governmental agencies or officials are public records.  However, public agencies often balk at releasing these records or disclose only the final signed agreement at best. Settlements often involve large sums of public money, whether paid by a Continue Reading →

CASE SUMMARY: Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) v. Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office

Case Name: Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) v. Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Docket Number: BUR-L-1567-16 County / Vicinage: Burlington (originally filed in Mercer Co., but transferred to Burlington Co.) Filing Date: July 21, 2016 Judge: Bookbinder, Ronald Status: Open (as Continue Reading →

CASE SUMMARY: LFTG v. Willingboro Township

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 County: Burlington Filing Date: July 1, 2016 Presiding Judge:  Bookbinder, Ronald E. Status: Resolved except issue of Continue Reading →

Lawsuit argues that 3-yr old, unapproved, public meeting minutes are not “deliberative”

Many people who have sought public meeting minutes have heard the familiar refrain, “the minutes are not approved for release.” That would seem to imply that failure of a governing body to adopt a set of minutes could forever block Continue Reading →

Do non-residents of New Jersey have standing under OPRA?

UPDATE (4/03/2017): A Bergen Judge has ruled that an OPRA requestor does not need to provide his address. Read more HERE.   UPDATE (Jan. 2017):  Judge Georgia M. Curio has rejected a motion to reconsider her October 2016 decision, which Continue Reading →

Lumberton public records go missing … a second time

UPDATE (8/17/15) – Judge Marc M. Baldwin will preside over the hearing in Paff v. Lumberton.  The hearing is currently scheduled for September 4, 2015. UPDATE (8/18/2015) – Click here for a Burlington County Times news story on this topic.  According Continue Reading →