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Florida sunshine lawsuits
Here is a list of major FOIA court decisions and their effect on the Florida Sunshine Law.
(The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon next to the Year heading)
|Bundy v. State of Florida||1984|
|Florida Freedom Newspapers v. McCrary||1988||The release of pretrial discovery evidence to the public must be weighed against the defendants right to a free and fair trial. If the discovery material is overly incriminating so as to create a biased jury, the documents can be exempted by the courts from public records requests.|
|Lorenzo v. City of Venice||2008||This case established that communication performed through private emails by public officials concerning public business was in violation of the Florida Sunshine Law and the Florida Open Meetings Law.|
|McCarthy v. Town of Windermere||2010|
|Miami Herald Publishing Company v. Lewis||1982|
|News and Sun-Sentinel Company v. Schwab, Twitty, & Hanser Architecture Group||1992||This case established a number of criteria for determining if a private corporation is acting on behalf of a public agency.|
|Palm Beach Newspapers Inc. v. Burk||1987|
|Parsons & Whittemore, Inc. v. Metro. Dade County||1983||This case established a number of precedents:
|Shevin v. Byron, Harless, Schaffer, Reid and Associates||1980|
|Times Publishing Co. v. Williams||1969|
|Vanette Webb v. School Board of Escambia County||2009||This case established the right of those who are being sued in violation of public records requests to petition the agency which they are representing for attorney fees.|
|Wait v. Florida Power & Light||1979|