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Here is a list of major FOIA court decisions and their effect on the Maine Freedom of Access Act. (The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon to the right of the Year heading)

" Year Precedent
Town of Burlington v. Hospital Administrative District No. 1 2001 This case established a functional equivalency test within Maine for entities to be considered functional equivalents to political subdivisions or public bodies. The criteria include:
  1. If the entity was performing a public function.
  2. If the entity was government funded.
  3. If the entity was controlled by a governing body.
  4. If the entity was created by legislation.

The court specified that not all criteria are required but that all criteria are considered.