Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Supreme Court holds that OPRA requires disclosure of settlement agreement

On January 25, 2010, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld a 2009 Appellate Division ruling that required Monmouth County to disclose a settlement agreement arising out of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a county employee.

The Court ruled: "A governmental entity cannot enter into a voluntary agreement at the end of a public lawsuit to keep a settlement confidential, and then claim a 'reasonable expectation of privacy' in the amount of that settlement." The decision is on-line here.

I was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and was ably represented by Walter M. Luers, Esq. of Oxford.

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