Subpoenas sought in FOIA lawsuit of Onancock (Va.)


ONANCOCK — An Onancock resident who filed a petition with the General District Court earlier this month claiming the town violated the Freedom of Information Act has asked the court to subpoena Onancock Town Manager/Town Attorney Thomas Robinett and former Town Councilman Kris LaMontagne to appear at a Jan. 11 hearing to receive motions.


Man who won public records lawsuit must pay his own legal bills

From the Florida Times-Union:

A Jacksonville man who sued a city pension fund over public records violations isn’t entitled to recover the more than $30,000 he spent on legal fees, a judge has ruled.

Circuit Judge James H. Daniel ruled last week that Curtis Lee was entitled to $1,245 for other expenses he faced suing the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund, but could not get back his lawyer bills.


DHS program to monitor social media users draws lawsuit

From Nextgov:

Privacy advocates are suing the Homeland Security Department to obtain information on a program that monitors the social media interactions of citizens following a federal vendor's private sector plans to sabotage certain groups' online activities with similar technology.

Homeland Security officials have expanded an ongoing initiative that tracks public online communications in the interests of public safety, according a February DHS notice.


Wisconsin State Supreme Court to hear case on public record fees

From The Journal Sentinel:

The state Supreme Court announced Monday it will hear arguments over whether previous Supreme Court decisions authorized government officials to charge for time spent by employees to separate and redact confidential information from public records.

The case stems from a lawsuit filed by the Journal Sentinel over fees the City of Milwaukee charged for public records.


N.J. pays newspaper $40K in legal fees


NEPTUNE — The state education department has paid more than $40,000 to cover the legal fees incurred by a New Jersey newspaper that successfully sued to gain access to department records.

The state said it denied access to the records because it planned to eventually investigate the erasures.