Phoenix Times Publishing Company v. Barrington School Committee - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.

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Phoenix Times Publishing Company v. Barrington School Committee (2009)

Category: Open Government    

An Open Meetings Act (OMA) lawsuit against the Barrington School Committee for unlawfully meeting in closed session this past February to discuss the merits of instituting a mandatory breathalyzer policy for all students attending school dances. 

The lawsuit was later expanded to include the further charge that the school committee, by using “vague boilerplate terminology, … routinely fails to specify the nature of the business to be discussed on public agendas,” and has also failed to provide adequate public notice of some of its meetings.

Cooperating Attorneys: Howard Merten and Keith Fayan.

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  • Nov 16, 2010 - Judge Issues Ruling in Open Meetings Lawsuit Filed Against Barrington School Committee
  • Jan 12, 2010 - Judge Allows Open Meetings Case Against Barrington to Proceed
  • Jan 04, 2010 - ACLU Contests “Orwellian” Arguments Offered by Barrington School Committee to Dismiss Open Meetings
  • Sep 30, 2009 - Expanded Open Meetings Lawsuit Filed Against Barrington School Committee
  • Aug 14, 2009 - Open Meetings Lawsuit Filed Against Barrington School Committee Over Breathalyzer Test Discussion