Maine Public Records: Notable Case Law

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Moore v. Abbott, 952 A.2d 980 (Me. 2008) | Clarified the governmental function test that subjects non-governmental entities to the FOAA.

Citizens Commc’ns Co. v. Att’y Gen., 931 A.2d 503 (Me. 2007) | Affirmed that all exemptions to the FOAA should be construed narrowly and in favor of disclosure to the public.

Cook v. Lisbon Sch. Comm., 682 A.2d 672 (Me. 1996) | Held that the FOAA requires a “prompt” response but did not go as far as setting a specific time frame. The case also established that a delay in response past the five business day rule was effectively a denial.