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right-to-know law

The enactment of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law has produced a unique type of litigation for the public and for public agencies alike. The team at Conrad O’Brien is experienced with all facets of the Right-to-Know Law, including representing requesters, representing public agencies, representing interested third-parties, and actively using the law as a tool in traditional litigation.

Our history includes participating in one of only a handful of evidentiary hearings in the history of the Office of Open Records. In the Commonwealth Court and in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, we also successfully challenged the Governor’s authority to terminate the Executive Director of the Office of Open Records. Further, our team pursued a Right-to-Know Law appeal all the way through allocatur and a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which decision struck down an onerous waiver rule employed by the lower courts. Finally, our experience includes advising our clients—public and private alike—on how to navigate the frequently changing waters of the Right-to-Know Law to avoid issues before they arise.

In addition to our extensive experience under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, we also have experience representing requesters and providing guidance in connection with New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).