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Paramus Loses Public Records Suit

CJ Griffin of Hackensack represented Jeff Carter in his public records suit against the Borough of Paramus.
CJ Griffin of Hackensack represented Jeff Carter in his public records suit against the Borough of Paramus. Photo Credit: Twitter

PARAMUS, N.J. — A Somerset resident won a civil action suit filed against the Borough of Paramus regarding his right to access the Open Public Records Act and the common law.

Superior Court Assignment Judge Bonnie J. Mizdol on Friday ruled that OPRA does not contain a citizenship requirement and rather "any person" can use OPRA, court papers said.

Plaintiff Jeff Carter's OPRA request was denied by the Borough of Paramus for refusing to turn over his home address, his attorney, CJ Griffin of Hackensack's Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, LLC,  told Daily Voice.

Carter's defendants, Paramus Records Custodian Annemarie Kruzsins and the Borough of Paramus, were represented by Justin Santagata of Kaufman Semeraro & Leibman, LLP of Fort Lee.

"The records [Carter] requested (legal invoices) are beyond a doubt subject to access under OPRA, and Paramus officials never argued otherwise," Griffin said.

"But the borough still refused to honor Carter's request because he would not turn over his home address, although he did say he was a citizen."

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