A court in Arizona just denied an attempt by a utility to shield disclosure of a taxpayer-funded agreement and other government documents through contract. Apparently, the utility entered into an agreement with the town that the town would not disclose anything about it. The judge was not amused, but the case is far from over.
The city of Denver is beefing up its security for the Democratic National Convention. The ACLU wants to know by how much, and has sued the mayor's office to disclose the amount of money spent on different kinds of security equipment.
The sunshine policies enshrined in many state laws encourage meritorious public records lawsuits by granting successful plaintiffs their attorneys fees. After a newspaper spent $50,000 on a successful lawsuit but was left with the tab, a bill is now pending to make the award of such fees mandatory.
A state may have the best public records law in the country, but the face of the statute is worthless if government officials ignore it. The Sacramento Bee had difficulty acquiring basic information about elected officials.
Prior links here and here re: litigation over video footage of the period immediately preceding the fab four breakup. Seems the video company counterclaimed against Ono for copyright infringement, a claim which the court dismissed. Unfortunately, the district court's PACER site does not seem to be working this afternoon, so we will post the opinion later if we can find it.