Update:  On January 25, 2010, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Appellate Division’s holding that a “confidential” settlement agreement between a civil litigant and a public agency or employee is a a public record.  Click here.

 In a July 20, 2009 Order, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to review the Appellate Division’s March 17, 2009 published decision in Asbury Park Press and John Paff v. Monmouth County. This is the ruling that held that the Asbury Park Press and I were entitled, under OPRA, to a copy of a settlement agreement in a sexual harassment case filed by a county employee against a county official.

The July 20, 2009 Order, the March 17, 2009 Appellate Opinion and other documents are on-line here..

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