A New York appellate court again ordered that state’s top cop to pay thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees for improperly denying a request for documents under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.
The unanimous decision from a panel of judges on Thursday supported two previous losses in the same case for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in which the free-market think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute sought documents related to a multi-state effort to investigate energy companies for allegedly profiting by “creating misperceptions” about climate change.
Schneiderman announced in March 2016 a cooperative effort with other state attorneys general to investigate fossil-fuel energy companies for their speech related to climate change, shortly after which CEI requested related documents.
Schneiderman’s office originally withheld those documents requested, prompting the original lawsuit, which Schneiderman lost. When the think tank sought attorney’s fees, the AG lost for a second time.
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