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Lawsuit seeks to compel Salem County to pay OPRA attorney fee.

On June 27, 2017, the Government Records Council (GRC) ordered Salem County to pay my attorney $2,310 in fees after having previously found on April 25, 2017 that the County violated my rights under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The County has thus far ignored several requests to pay the fees necessitating a lawsuit to compel payment of the $2,310 plus additional fees and costs for having to bring the lawsuit.

The original GRC matter was Paff v. County of Salem, GRC Complaint No. 2015-342.  The new court matter is Paff v. Salem County, Docket No. SLM-L-222-17. Superior Court Judge David M. Morgan has issued an order requiring the County to appear in court on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. to show cause why it should not be required to pay the overdue fees.

My attorney is Ted M. Rosenberg of Moorestown and Salem County is being represented by County Solicitor Michael M. Mulligan.

By John Paff

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project