Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound v. City of Des Moines

Katherine George

Case Conclusion Date:January 22, 2009

Practice Area:Appeals

Outcome:Successful: The Washington Supreme Court reversed dismissal of the association's Public Records Act suit because the City's claim of exemption from public disclosure requirements was too generalized to cause the statute of limitations period to begin.

Description:This case established as a matter of first impression that, in refusing to release records under the Public Records Act, an agency must make a sufficiently specific claim of exemption - identifying each withheld record and the reason for withholding it - in order to trigger the Act's one-year statute of limitations.