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Tag Archives: FOIA

In camera review doesn’t back deliberate process claim (access required)

Although the Council on Environmental Quality, or CEQ, claimed the production of dozens of unredacted documents would chill speech, stifle “frank and open discussions” and confuse the public, an in camera review did not support these assertions. Background Southern Environmental ...

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Closed sessions to discuss library closure violated VFOIA (access required)

A county board of supervisors violated the Virginia Freedom of Information Act by improperly going into closed sessions, and by discussing matters than went beyond the scope of the stated reason for going into closed sessions. Background The Smyth-Bland Regional ...

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Late release of database system information violated VFOIA (access required)

Where plaintiff reporter sought information concerning a database system from defendant corrections department, the request was “reasonably specific.” Defendant’s late response violated the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Overview Plaintiff Harki wrote a series of articles for the Virginian-Pilot about ...

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Litigant not entitled to unredacted legal invoices from city (access required)

While a doctor involved in litigation with the City of Virginia Beach was not entitled to entries in the city’s legal invoices that would reveal confidential information, litigation strategy, work product or legal advice, the court found the city withheld ...

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City’s legal bills subject to FOIA, even in heat of litigation (access required)

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Although a Virginia city claimed it had special concerns about releasing legal bills to a litigation opponent, the Supreme Court of Virginia found no reason to alter the usual standards for attorney-client and work product materials. In a Dec. 6 ...

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