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Judge orders Vermont AG to pay fees in public records case

July 7, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General’s office has been ordered to pay nearly $66,000 in legal fees in three cases where it was forced to comply with the state’s public records law.

In a ruling issued late last month, Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout wrote that the cases “strongly vindicate” — the rights of a records’ requester to gain access to public documents in a timely fashion.

Vermont Public Radio reports Charlotte attorney Brady Toensing filed the public records requests on behalf of business groups concerned about attorneys general around the country teaming up to investigate environmental cases.

Toensing says the ruling is important because it’s what the Legislature intended when it rewrote the law in 2011.

The attorney general’s office is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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