By Patrick D. JoyceIlana R. Morady, Adam R. Young, and Daniel R. Birnbaum

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seyfarth Shaw’s OSHA/MSHA group is at the ABA’s Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting this week. Today, we heard from panels that discussed California Workplace Violence and Indoor Heat Rules, Issues under the Freedom of Information Act, OSHA’s
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By Andrew S. BoutrosMichael D. WexlerAlex MeierDaniel P. HartRobert B. Milligan

Seyfarth Synopsis:  On June 24, 2019, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media and resolved fractured circuit splits about the parameters for when the government may withhold information from a Freedom of Information
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By Mark T. Hansen and Robert B. Milligan

Is geographic information system (GIS) data available under the Freedom of Information Act?  The California Supreme Court says “yes”.

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, the Sierra Club sought access to information contained in the Orange County’s “OC Landbase,” a large database holding information about land parcels in the county, in
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By Jeryl L. Olson

On December 7, 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified interested parties, including state and local communities that EPA considers major stakeholders in the Risk Management Program (40 CFR Part 68), that EPA is going to re-establish Internet access to certain portions of the Risk Management Program database beginning in July 2012. The

Continue Reading U.S. EPA to make Public Certain Information under the Risk Management Plan Program