Pa. Right-To-Know Ruling Offers Open Records Playbook

Law360 (February 2, 2021, 1:43 PM EST) -- On Dec. 22, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Uniontown Newspapers d/b/a The Herald Standard v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The decision concluded a dispute that originated in 2014, when the newspaper sent an open records request to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

The records request, filed under the state's Right-to-Know Law, sought information related to the rate of certain illnesses at the DOC's state prison facility in Fayette County. The newspaper suspected that a fly ash dump and water treatment plant with a history of issues — both of which were situated in close proximity...

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