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City of Monroe, Washington Ordered to Produce Requested Records

City of Monroe Ordered to Produce Requested Records

On October 26, 2009, a Washington appellate court published its opinion affirming in part, reversing in part and remanding a complaint regarding that state's Public Disclosure Act (PDA). The original complaint was filed by Meredith Michling against the City of Monroe alleging the City improperly redacted or withheld information she had requested pursuant to the PDA in 2005. The City, on the other hand, argued the information withheld or redacted was exempt from disclosure according to PDA guidelines.

At trial, the court entered a summary judgment in favor of the City, and following an in camera review of the records in question ordered that the records be sealed. Michling appealed the trial court's ruling.

Upon examination of relevant case law and review of the pertinent records, the appellate court concurred with most of Ms. Michling's arguments and remanded the case for further proceedings. Additionally, the court determined Michling was entitled to appropriate attorney's fees and penalties as the prevailing party in the case.

See: Michling v. City of Monroe, WA. App. Ct., Div. I, #62011-8-I.

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