Massachusetts Public Records: Notable Case Law

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Lambert v. Exec. Dir. of Judicial Nominating Council, 425 Mass. 406 (1997) | Cited by governors when claiming that their respective office is exempt from the public records law.

Dist. Attorney for the Norfolk Dist. v. Flatley, 419 Mass. 507 (1995) | Held that Exemption (f) is not a blanket investigatory exemption designed to shield all police and law enforcement records; instead, a case-by-case analysis is required.

Attorney Gen. v. Collector of Lynn, 377 Mass. 151 (1979) | Held that Exemption (c), also known as “the privacy exemption,” requires a balancing test between individual privacy interests and the public interest in disclosure.