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Pines Bach attorneys win a string of public records, First Amendment cases

| Jul 23, 2019 | 2019 News |

Pines Bach attorneys Christa Westerberg and Aaron Dumas have won several open records and First Amendment cases in recent months. In one, the court of appeals affirmed the right of Pines Bach‘s client, a journalist, to get electronically-generated records in electronic form under Wisconsin’s open records law.

In another, a court rejected the University of Wisconsin’s attempts to keep public health grant records secret. Pines Bach also obtained a settlement which ended the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s “abusive” practice of denying requests that initially generated over 500 emails.

These cases come on the heels of a significant First Amendment victory in federal court. Pines Bach represented a group that had been blocked from the Twitter accounts of several state legislators.

The court ruled the legislators violated the First Amendment by blocking the group from their accounts, which acted as a “public forum” for First Amendment purposes. The case was covered by local and national media outlets, who noted similarities to a similar case brought against President Trump.

Pines Bach is proud to have successfully defended their clients’ right to know and advanced the First Amendment in these important cases.

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