Alabama sunshine lawsuits
Here is a list of major FOIA court decisions and their effect on the Alabama Public Records Law.
(The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon below the Year heading)
|Blankenship v. City of Hoover||1991|
|Brewer v. Watson (Brewer III)||1882||It was one of the earliest open records lawsuits, establishing the judicial backing for the viewing of public records in Alabama.|
|Chambers v. Birmingham News Co||1989|
|Dale v. Birmingham News||1984||This case established that all meetings, whether formal or informal, classify as meetings subject to Alabama law.|
|Dunn v. Alabama State University Board of Trustees||1993||This case established a precedent for an attorney-client privilege exemption to open meetings law.|
|Holcombe v. State ex rel. Chandler||1941|
|Miglionico v. Birmingham News Company||1979|
|Montgomery Advertiser v. Montgomery County Board of Education||1991||This case established that the exemption for discussion of character did not automatically result in a closed meeting but merely required the meeting leader to control the material presented.|
|Slawson & Furman v. Alabama Forestry Commission||1994||This case required the publication of announcements declaring the times of closed and private meetings.|
|Stone v. Consolidated Publishing Co||1981||1.)This case established that non-profit corporations are considered public bodies if: 1.)they were incorporated by a public body, 2.) are composed of members of a public body 3.) have the sole purpose of promoting the public body 4.) dispenses funds on behalf of the public body.|
2.) The Alabama law includes all "records that are reasonably necessary to record the business and activities required to be done or carried on by a public officer so that the status and condition of such business and activities can be known by our citizens."
|Water Works & Sewer Board of the City of Talladega v. Consolidated Publishing Inc.||2004||This case affirmed the fact that public corporations performing municipal functions are in fact agencies of those municipalities. It also established a number of other potential criteria for considering corporations as public agencies including creation, appearance, and control of the corporations board.|