Open Records Law

Hon. Jeh Charles Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and ABA Task Force for American Democracy co-chair, speaks on “The Threat to Democracy.”

July 11, 2024 – A dozen speakers recently gave sobering presentations on the threat to democracy during a nonpartisan event from the American Bar Association’s Task Force for American Democracy, in partnership with the State Bar of Wisconsin.

The program, called
Wisconsin: Elections in the 21st Century (watch now) was held in-person July
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In early July, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision that reversed decades of precedent regarding the ability of a plaintiff to recover attorney’s fees in an open records mandamus action. Friends of Frame Park, U.A. v. City of Waukesha,[1] holds that a plaintiff in an open records lawsuit can only be awarded legal fees and damages if the lawsuit results in a court order mandating the production of previously withheld records.

Under Wisconsin law, if an authority
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