Agency Settlements (Austin Law Departent)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Austin Law Departent of Austin, TX.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Absolutely any and all logs, reports, spreadsheets, databases, or other materials detailing all settlements or similar dispute resolutions to which this agency, or any division thereof, was a party, including, but not limited to, all conciliatory agreements related to complaints or court or legal proceedings against any representative of or office of this agency. Please include all available segregable data, including the entities involved, the date on which the initial complaint or court action was brought, the nature of the charge or complaint, the nature of the dispute resolution (i.e. in-court, out-of-court, in-agency mediation, third-party, etc.), any financial agreements associated with the settlement, and the date on which the case was closed.

Please provide all available materials from January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Austin Police Department

Dear Beryl Lipton,
Thank you for your e-mail to the City of Austin. Your request is being processed.
Consistent with the Texas Public Information Act, you can expect communication from the City of Austin within 10 business days after the date the information was requested.
The City of Austin will make the effort to ensure that the information you have requested is made available to you in a timely manner. However, depending on the scope of the request and the time required to research and compile the information, should the City of Austin not be readily able to produce the information you have requested, the communication you receive may indicate items such as:
Thus, please note that the communication you can expect to receive does not necessarily mean responsive information you have requested will be available within the 10 business days.
For more information about the Public Information Act visit the City of Austin website at http://www.austintexas.gov/department/open-records (http://www.austintexas.gov/department/open-records)

Thank you,
PIO Public Information Specialist

From: Austin Police Department

Hello,

This email is in regards to your public information request (PIR 38059) for the following:

"Absolutely any and all logs, reports, spreadsheets, databases, or other materials detailing all settlements or similar dispute resolutions to which this agency, or any division thereof, was a party, including, but not limited to, all conciliatory agreements related to complaints or court or legal proceedings against any representative of or office of this agency.

Please include all available segregable data, including the entities involved, the date on which the initial complaint or court action was brought, the nature of the charge or complaint, the nature of the dispute resolution (i.e. in-court, out-of-court, in-agency mediation, third-party, etc.), any financial agreements associated with the settlement, and the date on which the case was closed. Please provide all available materials from January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017."

Before moving forward, we need to ask for clarification regarding your request. Specifically, are you willing to exclude attorney-client privileged material and attorney work product privileged material from your request?

Your input will help expedite processing your request. Please respond to this email within 60 calendar days or your request will be considered closed.

Respectfully,
Loren Doyen
Paralegal
City of Austin Law Department
P.O. Box 1088
Austin, Texas 78767
512-974-2268

From: Austin Law Departent

Hello,

This email is in regards to your public information request outlined in my previous email below. We need to ask for additional clarification regarding your request because, as it is currently written, your request is quite broad and may result in a substantial cost estimate. Specifically, "...all settlements or similar dispute resolutions" for the timeframe of "January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017" is quite broad. Are you requesting settlement information regarding a particular subject matter(s)?

Please respond to this email within 60 calendar days or your request will be considered closed.

Respectfully,
Loren Doyen
(512) 974-6375

From: Austin Police Department

Hello,

This email is in regards to your public information request outlined in my previous email below. We need to ask for additional clarification regarding your request because, as it is currently written, your request is quite broad and may result in a substantial cost estimate. Specifically, "...all settlements or similar dispute resolutions" for the timeframe of "January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017" is quite broad. Are you requesting settlement information regarding a particular subject matter(s)?

Please respond to this email within 60 calendar days or your request will be considered closed.

Respectfully,
Loren Doyen
(512) 974-6375

From: Austin Law Departent

Hello,

This email is in regards to your public information request outlined in my previous email below. We need to ask for additional clarification regarding your request because, as it is currently written, your request is quite broad and may result in a substantial cost estimate. Specifically, "...all settlements or similar dispute resolutions" for the timeframe of "January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017" is quite broad. Are you requesting settlement information regarding a particular subject matter(s)?

Please respond to this email within 60 calendar days or your request will be considered closed.

Respectfully,
Loren Doyen
(512) 974-6375

From: Austin Police Department

Hello,

This email is in regards to your public information request outlined in my previous email below. We need to ask for additional clarification regarding your request because, as it is currently written, your request is quite broad and may result in a substantial cost estimate. Specifically, "...all settlements or similar dispute resolutions" for the timeframe of "January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017" is quite broad. Are you requesting settlement information regarding a particular subject matter(s)?

Please respond to this email within 60 calendar days or your request will be considered closed.

Respectfully,
Loren Doyen
(512) 974-6375

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Ms. Doyen,

Thanks so much for the phone call and for all of your help with this request. As we discussed, I would be happy to limit this request's timeframe to January 1, 2015 through October 31, 2017 (however, if materials are now easily available through November 30, 2017, the additional provision of those materials would be terrific). Please let me know if there's anything else I can do to help, and I hope you have a lovely evening.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Austin Law Departent

Hi, Beryl,

Thank you for sending that email. We cannot extend the requested timeframe beyond the date of your clarification, but, in this instance, we can extend it to the date you clarified your request.

I have one more question regarding your request. It's possible some of the responsive information might include matters involving allegations of sexual harassment discrimination. Are you willing to accept that information with the complainants' names redacted? Please let me know at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

Respectfully,
Loren Doyen
(512) 974-6375

From: Austin Law Departent

Dear Mr. Lipton,

Attached is a cover letter and responsive documentation. A request for an Attorney General ruling has also been submitted today for some of the information responsive to your request. A copy of that letter has been sent to your physical mailing address.

Sincerely,

Allen Smiley
Paralegal
Law Department

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