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July 08, 2011

Freedom of Law only applies to public entities


Freedom of Law only applies to public entities
McBride v Franklin, 288 AD2d 130

The McBride decision demonstrates that only a public entity is subject to the provisions of New York States' Freedom of Information Law [FOIL], (Section 84, Public Officers Law).

Nathan McBride filed a petition in a New York State Supreme Court in an effort to compel Jessie T. Franklin to disclose certain information that McBride contended FOIL required be made available to the public. When the Supreme Court dismissed his petition, McBride appealed, only to have the Appellate Division affirm the lower court's determination.

The Appellate Division pointed out that McBride's petition was properly dismissed since Franklin, a private investigator hired by McBride's attorneys in a criminal manner, is not an “agency” subject to FOIL's disclosure requirements and thus there was no authority for a court directing that Franklin provided the information McBride had demanded.

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