Appellate Court expands OPRA exemption for student records, requires court order

A October 16, 2017 Appellate Court ruling blocks access to “student records” by non-authorized persons without parental consent or a court order. This would appear to include matters of significant public concern. John Paff wrote, “This sweeping decision appears to Continue Reading →

NJ Supreme Court fails to close door on “first strike” suits by public agencies. Legislature must step up.

The Editors of the New Jersey Law Journal have written an excellent commentary piece on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s 8/3/2017 decision in the case of Jeff Carter v. NJ State Firemen’s Association (NJSFA) (A-68-15). Below is NJFOG’s short summary Continue Reading →

Town must better search for records related to re-development project

A Bergen County Court has ordered Edgewater Borough to do a better search for records related to its planned development of a soon-to-be-condemned property, in response to an OPRA request from the land owner. The court said it’s unclear if Continue Reading →

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

UPDATE (11/1/2017): The School Board released a revised invoice on 8/23/2017 but has refused to release the original invoice issued by the vendor in June 2017. A court hearing on the OPRA complaint is scheduled for January 9, 2018. — Continue Reading →