Joshua Voss, a partner in Kleinbard’s Litigation department was quoted in Pennsylvania Capital Star on developments in a legal battle over an open records dispute between Equity Forward and Real Alternatives. Equity Forward appealed a decision handed down by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (OOR), rejecting its request for private agreements between Real Alternatives and its service providers.
Voss provided oral arguments on behalf of Real Alternatives in the Commonwealth Court, explaining that the OOR’s decision should stand and that the records between Real Alternatives and its providers is private and not part of its 2012-2017 agreement with the Commonwealth.
“The service providers who voluntarily gave money to Real Alternatives under private agreements did so because they share Real Alternatives’ belief in the value of alternatives to abortion,” Voss concluded, arguing that ”these particular contracts have nothing whatsoever to do with the contract that Real Alternatives has with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a result, they are not public records that Equity Forward is entitled to obtain through the Right-to-Know Law.”
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