Unpublished opinions” are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals. Unless somebody puts them on-line and calls attention to them, they are likely not to be located by people who may want to search for them. I think that it’s important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

Michael Doss v. Borough of Bogota, et al.
Bergen County, Docket No. BER-L-4296-16
Hon. Bonnie J. Mizdol, A.J.S.C.
July 13, 2016
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Summary:  This case discusses the records custodian’s duty to adequately search for responsive records and found that the custodian’s search was insufficiently thorough.  The case also balances a government employee’s privacy interest in his or her government-issued cell phone billing records versus the public’s right to know.

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