New Jersey

Public Records Lawsuit Costs New Jersey Town $650K

A New Jersey town has agreed to pay a media company $650,000 to settle a public records lawsuit. reports Raritan's borough council voted unanimously Tuesday to settle with Gannet New Jersey over litigation that was filed more than six years ago.

Gannett New Jersey — the parent company of the Asbury Park Press, Courier News, Daily Record and the Home News Tribune — sued the borough over access to employee salary and overtime information.

The newspapers wanted the data in an electronic format. The borough initially denied the records' existence, then sought to charge the company $1,100 to convert it.

A company attorney says the newspapers are pleased the town resolved the case.

Mayor Charles McMullin had pledged to make the settlement a top priority in January.

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