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


" Year Precedent
CFI Steel v. Office of Air Pollution Control 2003
Cole v. State of Colorado 1983
Dawson v. State Compensation Insurance Authority 1990 This case established that the definition of public body should be construed liberally so as to include bodies that were not necessarily in the original definition but clearly fall within the intention of the legislature.
Denver Post v. Ritter 2008 This case established that private cell phones remain private and confidential despite their occasional use in public business.
Denver Post v. Stapleton Development 2000 This case established that private companies, created by a public body, functioning on a public bodies behalf and controlled in part by the public body are considered extensions of that body and are subject to open records requests.
Denver Post v. University of Colorado 1987
Downing v. Brown 1877
Freedom Newspapers v. Colorado Springs 1987
Glenwood Post v. City of Glenwood Springs 1986
Hudspeth v. Board of County Commissioners 1983
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers v. Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District 1994
Times-Call Publishing Co. Inc. v. Wingfield 1966
Wick v. Montrose County Board of County Commissioners 2003 This case established the criteria for application of CORA based on the criteria established for the federal FOIA, namely, that the public agency in question, "(1) improperly; (2) withheld; (3) a public record."[1]
Zubeck v. El Paso County Retirement Plan 1998 This case established that institutions created by public agencies, which use or administer public funds, are in fact public agencies subject to the Colorado Open Records Act and the Colorado Sunshine Law.

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