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Avoiding "Overly Broad" Requests

Like Justice Potter Stewart’s quote regarding obscenity – “I know it when I see it” – defining an “overly broad” OPRA request can be elusive. On December 9, 2022, in an… >

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Decision of Interest - Association for Governmental Responsibility v. State of New Jersey

On February 1, 2023, the Appellate Division decided Association for Governmental Responsibility v. State of New Jersey, (“AGREAT”), which is an unpublished case.  An unpublished decision is bin… >

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Cohn Lifland Quoted in the News

In an article that first appeared on February 8, 2023 in the Gothamist, which is here, Cohn Lifland’s Walter M. Luers was quoted at length regarding a lawsuit filed by the Middlesex County Prosecutor&rsqu… >

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Decision of Interest - Owoh v. Borough of Norwood

On January 10, 2023, the Appellate Division decided Owoh v. Borough of Norwood, (“Norwood”), which is an unpublished case that, for purposes of issuing the opinion, consolidated appeals from three d… >

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Decision of Interest - American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey v. County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

On December 22, 2022, the Appellate Division decided American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey v. County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey (“ACLU”). This opinion was “approved for publi… >

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Emergency Services Records

No one wants to be involved in a car accident or a fire, but when those events do happen, OPRA can be used to access potentially important records. But not all emergency services and first responders are subjec… >

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When the Records Custodian Doesn't Respond

OPRA has some pretty tight deadlines. Records custodians must respond to OPRA in seven business days. Lawsuits challenging denials of access must be filed within 45 days. The Government Records Council has prop… >

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Adopted Government Records Council Regulations

On July 12, 2022, we wrote about the Government Records Council’s proposed regulations. This week, on November 7, 2022, the proposed regulations became final. The adopted regulations can be found here (a… >

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Appellate Division Case - L.R. v. Cherry Hill Board of Education

On September 29, 2022, the Appellate Division published an opinion in L.R. v. Cherry Hill Board of Education.  (Disclosure:  we are co-counsel for Plaintiff L.R.). The opinion is available here. Becau… >

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Whether Counsel Fees Should Be Awarded for Common Law Right of Access Cases Is Going to the New Jersey Supreme Court

In the April 8, 2021 decision of the Appellate Division in Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC v. Township of Neptune, the Court affirmed the trial court’s decision to deny Gannett access to the in… >

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