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Tag Archives: Missouri Sunshine Law

Sunshine Law allows fees for seeking fees, court rules

Missouri Court of Appeals Western District

Lawyers who spent a month and a half getting a governmental entity to turn over documents and 13 years trying to obtain their legal fees were vindicated on Nov. 15 when the Court of Appeals Western District ruled that their entire bill against the state was collectible.

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DHSS ordered to pay penalties, fees for Sunshine Law violations


A Cole County judge has ordered the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to pay $12,000 in penalties and attorneys’ fees after ruling it knowingly and purposefully violated the Sunshine Law by denying a nonprofit group’s records requests. The ...

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Judge rules against Missouri agency in open records case

A Missouri judge has ruled that a state agency purposely violated open records law when it tried to charge a genealogical research group nearly $1.5 million for birth and death records then completely rejected the group’s request. Cole County Circuit ...

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Judge: Clay County violated law denying reporter’s request

Clay County violated a Missouri transparency law by denying a reporter’s request to inspect government records, a judge ruled this week. Judge Roger Prokes ruled Clay County committed two violations of the Missouri Sunshine Law when it rejected a Kansas ...

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Family of slain patrolman wins records ruling

A Missouri appeals court has overturned a ruling denying the release of records relating to the 1994 shooting death of a Missouri State Highway Patrolman, finding that federal law does not preempt the Missouri Sunshine Law in the case. A ...

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Appeals court probes Raytown Sunshine Law judgment

The city of Raytown is seeking to reverse a $42,550 judgment against it for violating Missouri’s Sunshine Law, arguing it did not wrongly deny a records request because the requestor had previously notified the city of a claim. In oral ...

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