Gov't Auction Bidders Are Public Record, NJ Justices Rule

Law360 (May 23, 2018, 7:51 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the names and addresses of government property auction bidders are not shielded by the privacy protections of the state’s public records law because the auctions themselves are public events, not private ones.

The unanimous opinion handed a victory to government transparency activist William Brennan, who filed an Open Public Records Act request for records of payments received by the 39 winning bidders for sports memorabilia that had been seized by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and sued the office after he was offered only receipts with the names and addresses redacted.

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