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Here is a list of major FOIA court decisions and their effect on the New Hampshire Right to Know Law.
(The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon to the right of the Year heading)


" Year Precedent
Bradbury v. Shaw 1976 This case established a number of important precedents:
  1. Heavy involvement in governmental affairs and functions can be sufficient to make a private board or committee a public body subject to the law.
  2. There is no good faith exemption to the awarding of attorney fees.
Professional Firefighters of N.H. v. Healthtrust Inc. 2004 This case established that private entities which serve a clearly governmental function are considered public bodies under the New Hampshire Right to Know Law.
Union Leader Corporation v. NH Housing Finance Authority 1997 This case established that private corporations who serve a clear public function are subject to the New Hampshire Right to Know Law.

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