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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)

"Case Year Precedent
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."[1]

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.

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