Wisconsin court says business group cannot block COVID-19 data

A Wisconsin appeals court panel on Monday, April 5, ruled that a business association cannot stop the state health department from releasing data about businesses linked to COVID-19 cases.

The state’s Supreme Court still could prevent the release of the records, if it takes the case.

The National Freedom of Information Coalition had signed an amicus brief, drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, in support of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which sought to dismiss the case and make the records public.