Open government blogger wins lawsuit against Lawrence Township (N.J.)


An open-government activist was awarded $13,000 in legal fees after he won his lawsuit alleging that Lawrence violated the state’s public records law.

John Paff, a blogger who publishes details of settlements reached in civil cases with municipalities, took the township to court over its refusal to reveal the settlement between former Lawrence officer John Glenn and the police department. Glenn received a settlement of just more than $27,000, court records show.

“I’m not trying to cost taxpayers money … this is to clarify the contours of when you can and cannot have a government record,” Paff said.


Since Paff started his “NJ Open Government Notes” blog in 2009, he’s taken maybe 50 cases to court. He has described his ordeal with Lawrence as “Monty Python-esque”.