FHWA Can Release Detroit Bridge Reports: Judge

Law360, New York (February 19, 2010, 1:34 PM EST) -- A federal judge has shot down attempts by owners of Detroit's Ambassador Bridge to seal bridge inspection reports, holding that the Federal Highway Administration is not contractually bound to conceal the reports as exemptions under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

The Detroit International Bridge Corp., the private owner of the 7,500-foot suspension bridge separating Detroit from Windsor, Ontario, sought to alter its contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation to expressly bar the FHWA from circulating the inspection reports. But Judge Patrick J. Duggan of...
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