Connecticut sunshine lawsuits
Here is a list of major FOIA court decisions and their effect on the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act.
(The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon below the Year heading)
|Board of Trustees of Woodstock Academy v. FOIC||1980||This case incorporated into the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act the Federal criteria for private companies subject to public records requests, including:|
"(1) whether the entity performs a governmental function;
|Coalition to Save Horsebarn Hill v. FOIC||2002||This case established a number of important precedents:
|Connecticut Humane Society v. FOIC||1991||This case affirmed the decisions in Board of Trustees of Woodstock Academy v. FOIC and Hallas v. FOIC.|
|Domestic Violence Services. v. FOIC||1998||This case established that money exchanged for goods and services is not considered public funding with respect to the balancing test to determine if a private agency is subject to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act.|
|Hallas v. FOIC||1989||This case affirmed the decision of Board of Trustees of Woodstock Academy v. FOIC and emphasized that all 4 points must be met for an organization to be considered a public body.|
|Lieberman v. State Board of Labor Relations||1990|
|Shew v. FOIC||1998||This case established a number of important precedents:|
1.) The test to determine if the attorney-client privilege contains 4 factors, namely:
2.) The preliminary drafts exemption applies to documents created for the public body by contractors, in the same way it applies to documents created by public employees.
|Valvo v. Freedom of Information Commission||2010|
|Wilson v. Freedom of Information Commission||1980||This case established a number of important precedents:
This broad ruling was later overturned by legislative statute.