Open Records Law

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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