Let’s end government agencies’ preemptive OPRA lawsuits against requestors.


Another public agency sues a records requestor in strategic “first strike.”  A May 20th Middlesex County hearing and subsequent ruling may help to end the practice and establish that only a requestor has the right to bring an OPRA lawsuit in line with the intent of the law.  -NJFOG

NJ Open Government Notes
May 4, 2015
By John Paff

Read about it here:   http://njopengovt.blogspot.com/2015/05/lets-end-government-agencies-preemptive.html


UPDATE:   On June 10, Judge Travis L. Francis issued an oral decision in the case.  He ruled that the Middlesex County Prosecutor could not file for a protective order (pre-emptive lawsuit) to block release of records and that only a records requestor can file an OPRA action!  NJFOG is seeking a copy of the signed order.