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 →

Lawsuit claims that Bridgeton violated Open Public Meetings Act

NJFOG posted last fall about the financial trouble and mismanagement at the Bridgeton Port Authority, which has not been operating for some time.  The Authority’s board was re-formed in recent years with appointees consisting mainly of city council members, who Continue Reading →

Court to review Housing Authority’s OPMA violations

UPDATE (8/20/2015) – The summary judgment hearing scheduled for 08/21/15 has been CANCELLED.  Judge Hely will decide the matter on the papers submitted. UPDATE (8/22/2015) – See bottom of this post for the list of case documents to date. UPDATE (9/9/2015) – The trial court ruled Continue Reading →

The Common Law Right of Access to Public Records and the Cost of the Fight

It’s pretty big news when a judge grants a $45,000 fee award in a successful lawsuit seeking public records under the common law right of access.  It’s not just the magnitude of the figure, but that the requester-plaintiff — the little Continue Reading →

Summit Housing Authority sued for public meeting and records violations

UPDATE (8/22/2015) – See bottom of this post for the list of case documents to date. — Press Release July 9, 2015 For immediate release CONTACT: New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) http://njfog.org/contact/ The Housing Authority used to keep minutes for its non-public Continue Reading →

NJFOG wins judgments against Trenton school board

This is a good article about the issues in the NJFOG v. Trenton School Board case, which highlights the systemic issues with regard to Open Public Meetings Act compliance statewide.  –NJFOG N.J. open records group wins judgments against Trenton school Continue Reading →

NJFOG prevails on OPRA counts in case against Trenton School Board. OPMA counts pending.

UPDATE (6/26/2015):  Oral argument on the OPMA counts is to be heard before Judge Mary C. Jacobson on Monday, June 29, 2:00 PM in Mercer County Superior Court, 400 South Warren Street, Trenton, NJ. —- NJFOG announced on January 7 that it had Continue Reading →

Judge: Island Heights school board violated law

The following is press coverage of NJFOG’s Island Heights case.  NJFOG treasurer John Paff is quoted.  -NJFOG Asbury Park Press September 2, 2014 by Kathleen Hopkins (full article here and re-posted below) ISLAND HEIGHTS – The Island Heights Board of Continue Reading →