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Southern Environmental Law Center v. N.C. Railroad Co.
The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the superior court court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants and concluding that North Carolina Railroad Company was not an agency or subdivision of the North Carolina government for purposes of the Public Records Act (the Act), N.C. Gen. Stat. 132-1, holding that there was no error.Plaintiff Southern Environmental Law Center, acting in reliance upon the Act, submitted a request to the president of the Railroad seeking to inspect certain records. The Railroad declined to provide the requested records, asserting that it was not subject to the Act. Plaintiff then brought this action requesting that the court enter an order declaring that the Railroad was an agency of the state for purposes of the Act. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Defendants. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial court did not err in granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants. View "Southern Environmental Law Center v. N.C. Railroad Co." on Justia Law