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Judge backs publisher over Raritan Borough in public records fight


SOMERVILLE — A state judge has again denied Raritan Borough's efforts to charge a major newspaper publisher for public information — a decision in an ongoing battle that could cost the borough and its taxpayers as much as $750,000 in legal fees.

Superior Court Judge Yolanda Ciccone has sided once more with Gannett New Jersey, the publisher of the Courier News and The Home News-Tribune, in an Open Public Records Act lawsuit against Raritan Borough that demanded the borough release employee payroll records in a digital format, according to a report on

The report cites Gannett attorney Tom Cafferty saying the only issue remaining to be resolved is how much the borough will be forced to pay Gannett in legal fees. Cafferty did not return calls by seeking comment.