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Here is a list of major FOIA court decisions and their effect on the North Dakota Open Records Statute.
(The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon to the right of the Year heading)



" Year Precedent
City of Grand Forks v. Grand Forks Herald 1981
Forum Publishing Company v. City of Fargo 1986 This case established a number of important precedents:
  1. This case affirmed the definition of agency found in Grand Forks Herald v. Lyons, which defined agencies of public bodies to be all entities who have been contracted by the public bodies to provide a typically governmental function. This prevents public bodies from concealing public records in private corporations.
  2. This case affirmed the decision in City of Grand Forks v. Grand Forks Herald, which established that personal records of public employees are public records subject to the act.
Grand Forks Herald v. Lyons 1960 This case established a number of precedents:
  1. This case exempted the records of the court from the North Dakota Open Records Statute.
  2. This case established the definition of agency to be, "a relation created by law or contract whereby one party delegates the transaction of some lawful business to another."[1]

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