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Christopher L. Voltz, Esq., cvoltz@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-5580

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In Forrest v. Erie City, AP 2023-1701 (Sept. 28, 2023), Erie City responded to a request for a list of all rental properties registered and licensed in the City in an Excel spreadsheet by providing a PDF conversion of the Excel spreadsheet. On appeal, the Requester argued

Christopher L. Voltz, Esq., cvoltz@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-5580

In Seman v. Baldwin Borough, AP 2023-00778, the Requester sought legal invoices related to a specific project.  In responding to the Request, the Borough completely redacted entries in the legal invoices that were not related to the project identified in the Request (i.e., non responsive entries) but

Christopher L. Voltz, cvoltz@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-5508

In Beckes v. North East School District, AP 2022-2826, the OOR determined that the attachments to two emails from the District Solicitor to the District were protected from disclosure under the attorney-client privilege and the attorney work product doctrine. 65 P.S. §67.305(a)(2).

For the attorney-client privilege to

Christopher L. Voltz, cvoltz@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-5580

Methacton Sch. Dist. v. Off. of Open Records of Cmmw., 250 C.D. 2021, 2021 WL 6122163, at *1 (Pa. Cmmw. Dec. 28, 2021). The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania holds that a request for the emails of four individuals over a short timeframe is sufficiently specific under Section 703

Christopher L. Voltz, cvoltz@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-5580

Chester Water Authority v. Pennsylvania Dept. of Community and Economic Development, 249 A.3d 1106, 1108 (Pa. 2021), reargument denied (June 17, 2021).  Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that communications between an agency and its private contractors are not internal to the agency and, therefore, cannot be exempt from disclosure under the

Christopher L. Voltz, Esq., cvoltz@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-5580

Section 708(b)(10)(i)(A) of the Law, which excepts from the general requirement for disclosure of public records:

A record that reflects:
(A) The internal, predecisional deliberations of an agency, its members, employees or officials or predecisional deliberations between agency members, employees or officials and members, employees or officials of another

Christopher L. Voltz, Esq., (412) 594-5580, cvoltz@tuckerlaw.com

Highlands School District v. Rittmeyer, — A.3d –, 2020 WL 7061810, 163 C.D. 2020 (Pa. Commw. Dec. 3, 2020). Commonwealth Court holds that school districts are not required to disclose the names of employees when issuing a statement of charges or in response to a request for records

Christopher L. Voltz, Esq., (412) 594-5580, cvoltz@tuckerlaw.com

As an elected school board member, you are looked to as a community leader and are expected to take a leadership role in representing your school district’s interests.  In fulfilling this role, many school board members communicate with colleagues, district employees, and members of the public via email,

Christopher L. Voltz, Esq., cvoltz@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-5580

On Thursday, June 10, Attorney Christopher L. Voltz will help public officials understand the challenges of communicating through digital means at a live webinar hosted by the Local Government Academy. Chris will explain the importance of understanding that if officials communicate with colleagues, employees, and members of