Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Blackstone Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Blackstone Police Department of Blackstone, MA.
Multi Request Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports
Est. Completion July 15, 2020
Status
Fix Required

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From: Beryl Lipton


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

If you have any questions about this request, please contact the email address associated with this request or leave a message at 617-299-1832.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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:

Ms. Lipton:
I am Town Counsel for Blackstone and will be returning from vacation 7/13, and will respond to your request no later than 7/15.
Thank you.

Steve Pfaff
Sent from my iPhone

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From: Sandy Nadeau-Lemoine
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:09 AM
To: 97201-32165460@requests.muck
Cc: Daniel Keyes <DKeyes@townofblackstone.org>
Subject: RE: Massachusetts Public Records Law Request: Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Blackstone Police Department)

Dear Ms. Lipton:

Thank you for your recent records request. Please accept this as the Town of Blackstone's response.

* Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.

RESPONSE: Please refer to Hurwitz v. Town of Blackstone, et.al. USDC Boston Case 4:18-cv-40083, a matter of public record.

* Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

RESPONSE: Please refer to Hurwitz v. Town of Blackstone, et.al. USDC Boston Case 4:18-cv-40083, a matter of public record.

* In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

RESPONSE: Please refer to Hurwitz v. Town of Blackstone, et.al. USDC Boston Case 4:18-cv-40083, a matter of public record.

* The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

RESPONSE: Please refer to Hurwitz v. Town of Blackstone, et.al. USDC Boston Case 4:18-cv-40083, a matter of public record.

Sandy

Sandy Nadeau-Lemoine
Assistant to the Town Administrator/Public Records Officer
15 St. Paul Street
Blackstone, MA 01504
508-883-1500, ext. 102
slemoine@townofblackstone.org<mailto:slemoine@townofblackstone.org>
"In a World where you can be anything, Be Kind"

Please remember that the MASS Secretary of State's Office has determined that email is a public record and therefore subject to public access under the Mass Public Records Law. M.G.L.c.66§10.

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Date: Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 5:04 AM
Subject: RE: Massachusetts Public Records Law Request: Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Blackstone Police Department)
To: <Chief@blackstonepolice.org<mailto:Chief@blackstonepolice.org>>

Blackstone Police Department
PRL Office
15 St. Paul Street
Blackstone, MA 01504

July 10, 2020

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Massachusetts Public Records Law request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 27, 2020. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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Sent: Monday, July 27, 2020 5:04 AM
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Subject: RE: Massachusetts Public Records Law Request: Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Blackstone Police Department)

Blackstone Police Department
PRL Office
15 St. Paul Street
Blackstone, MA 01504

July 27, 2020

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I'm following up on the following Massachusetts Public Records Law request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 27, 2020. You had previously indicated that it would be completed on July 15, 2020. I wanted to check on the status of my request, and to see if there was a new estimated completion date.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 97201
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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On June 27, 2020:
Subject: Massachusetts Public Records Law Request: Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Blackstone Police Department)

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

If you have any questions about this request, please contact the email address associated with this request or leave a message at 617-299-1832.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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

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Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 97201
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

From:

Dear Ms. Lipton:

Attached is a copy of the Settlement Agreement as requested.

Sandy

Sandy Nadeau-Lemoine
Assistant to the Town Administrator/Public Records Officer
15 St. Paul Street
Blackstone, MA 01504
508-883-1500, ext. 102
slemoine@townofblackstone.org<mailto:slemoine@townofblackstone.org>

"In a World where you can be anything, Be Kind"

Please remember that the MASS Secretary of State's Office has determined that email is a public record and therefore subject to public access under the Mass Public Records Law. M.G.L.c.66§10.

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