Big FOI win in Wisconsin!

Kudos to my friend Christa Westerberg!

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Star-Times in a public records dispute with Juneau County.

In a 4-3 decision issued Tuesday, the high court let stand a 2011 appeals court ruling that granted the newspaper full access to legal bills issued by a Milwaukee law firm and paid by the county’s insurer.

“Today, the court affirmed the public’s right to information and the presumption in the open records law that the public has a right to government information except in extremely limited circumstances,” said Madison attorney Christa Westerberg, who argued the newspaper’s case.

Matt Meyers, who became general manager of the Star-Times and several other newspapers north of Madison a year after the suit was filed, said he was happy with the decision and appreciative of Westerberg’s work but disappointed that it sometimes takes lawsuits to ensure access to public records.

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