A judge ruled that two state agencies, the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and the State Inspector General’s Office (SIG) failed to comply with their obligations under New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) after Joshpe Mooney Paltzik LLP (JMP) and its client requested documents that are “presumptively open for public inspection inspection and copying unless they fall within one of the enumerated exemptions of Public Officers Law 87(2).”
Judge Meyer of the Essex County Supreme Court held that SIG “failed to adequately establish the applicability of any of the claimed exemptions except for certain portions of the personnel records” and ordered SIG to immediately disclose various requested documents.
Additionally, the Judge held that “the protracted pace of response by ORDA has not been adequately explained, nor is it excused merely by claiming that the volume of documents sought make it difficult to identify and copy the requested records.”
JMP has used FOIL successfully as part of its litigation strategy in numerous prior matters.
The full opinion can be read here.