Freedom of Information Act & Open Meetings Act

Butzel Long's media attorneys represent the press in matters involving access to public records and proceedings under the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act. Our team assists clients in overcoming denial of records, denial of entrance into meetings, and other various restrictions that prohibit media personnel from obtaining the information needed to complete the story and inform the public. We represent newspapers, magazines, television media, and electronic media.

MORE ATTORNEYS
  • Detroit News, Inc. v. Policemen & Firemen Ret. Sys., 252 Mich. App. 59; 651 N.W.2d 127 (2002) (FOIA)
  • Detroit News v. City of Detroit. Represented newspaper in lawsuit under Michigan Freedom of Information Act for release of text messages involving Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick and his Chief of Staff. Michigan Supreme Court Docket No. 135841
  • Submitted multiple amicus briefs in various courts on media issues for multiple clients, including media associations, newspapers and broadcasters
  • Successfly represented newspaper in Freedom of Information lawsuit involving (now former) Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick
  • Farrell and Detroit News v. City of Detroit, 209 Mich. App. 7; 530 N.W.2d 105 (1995) (FOIA case involving production of computer tapes)
  • The Detroit News v. Wayne County. Successfully represented newspaper in lawsuit under Michigan Freedom of Information Act for release of salary information. Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 235831.
  • The Detroit News v. Wayne County, Docket #235831 (Mich App 2002) (unpublished) (FOIA case involving wage and other information)