Case Conclusion Date: March 27, 2012
Practice Area: Communications / Media
Outcome: Judgment Vacated; Remanded for Further Proceedings
Description: A case that started out as a public records dispute -- involving a challenge to $1 million plus fee for access to recorded land records -- became a challenge to the constitutionality of a retroactive statute. After winning a victory after trial, where the Court agreed that an excessive fee for copies of public records is a constructive denial of the public's right to inspect and copy public records, the Legislature enacted a retroactive statute changing the fee structure for copies of land records while the law while the case was on the appeal. The Court decided that the new statute was constitutional, reinforcing the Legislature's broad discretion to meddle in pending litigation.