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Deliberative Process Exemption

Here is a list of major FOIA court decisions and their effect on the Washington Public Records Act.
(The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon below the Year heading)

" Year Precedent
ACLU v. City of Seattle 2009 1.)That statements or lists of proposed topics to be used in collective bargaining are exempt under Washington public records law under the deliberative process agreement.
2.)That deliberative process exemptions do not apply strictly to intra-agency documentation.
Brouillet v. Cowles Publishing 1990
Cathcart v. Andersen 1974
City of Federal Way v. Koenig 2009 This case established that administrative judicial records are not subject to open records request under Washington law.
Cowles Publishing Co. v. Murphy 1981
Hangartner v. City of Seattle 2004
Harold Carey v. Mason County 2009
Hearst Corp. v. Hoppe 1978
Laborers Int'l Union Local No. 374 v. City of Aberdeen 1982
Nast v. Michels 1986
O'Neill v. City of Shoreline 2008
Progressive Animal Welfare Society v. University of Washington 1994
Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound v. City of Des Moines 2009
Soter v. Cowles Publishing 2007
Telford v. Thurston County Board of Commissioners 1999 This case established a four prong test for determining if a private agency fell under the Washington Public Records Act. The test is balancing test, with all factors being considered and no factors being required. The four factors are:
"(1) whether the entity performs a governmental function;
(2) the level of government funding;
(3) the extent of government involvement or regulation; and
(4) whether the entity was created by government."[1]
Wood v. Battle Ground School District 2001 1.) That a series of emails can constitute a closed meeting. 2.) That members-elect of a public body are subject to open records law.
Yousoufian v. Office of Ron Sims 2009