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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Franklin Township Police Department of Franklin Township, NJ.
Multi Request Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports
Est. Completion Sept. 18, 2020
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged and 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

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.


Beryl Lipton

From: Franklin Township Police Department

Beryl Lipton,

Please be advised the Franklin Twp. Police does not maintain records related to settlement data/reports/agreements. Your request was forward to the Franklin Twp. Clerk's Office to be addressed. Please send any further inquiries related to this request to them.

Sergeant Jolanda Lacewell
Franklin Township Police Department
Professional Services Division
495 Demott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873

Main: (732) 873-5533 Ext. 3126
Fax: (732) 873-1073

From: Franklin Township Police Department

The Township of Franklin received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request on July 29, 2020. The official Records Custodian, Ann Marie McCarthy, received your OPRA request on August 11, 2020.

Your OPRA request sought access to the following: Law Enforcement Informal and Formal Settlement Data and Reports

Currently, your request fails to identify with reasonable clarity the specific government records sought, as is required by Bent v. Stafford Police Department, 381 N.J. Super. 30, 37 (app. Div. 2005). At this time, we request clarification of your OPRA request. Please response in writing and identify the specific government records sought so that we many process your request. Failure to provide written clarification of your request will result in the closure of this OPRA request.

If your request for access to a government record has been denied or unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have the right to challenge the decision by the Township of Franklin to deny access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government Records Council (GRC) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at P.O. Box 819, Trenton, NJ 08635, by email at<>, or at their web site at<>. The GRC can also answer other questions about the law. All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should be directed to the Court Clerk in your County.

Ann Marie McCarthy, RMC, MMC
Township Clerk
Township of Franklin
475 DeMott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873

From: Franklin Township Police Department

Beryl Lipton:

As a result of the State of Emergency of COVID-19 your request has been extended until September 18, 2020.

Msiba Holliman
Deputy Township Clerk/Registrar of Vital Statistics
Franklin Township Clerk's Office
475 Demott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
Franklin Township, Somerset County
Phone 732-873-2500 ext. 6375
Fax 732-873-1059

From: Franklin Township Police Department

We need further clarification of your request in order to process it.

Ann Marie McCarthy, RMC, MMC
Township Clerk
Township of Franklin
475 DeMott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873