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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Highland Park Police Department of Highland Park, IL.
Multi Request Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports
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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: Highland Park Police Department

Your request has been received and is being processed by our City Clerk's office. FOIA allows for 5 business days beginning the day after receipt for a response with an option to extend that time if necessary.

From: Highland Park Police Department

Good Morning,

Thank you for contacting the City of Highland Park regarding your request for information. I have reviewed your request with the City's Legal Counsel and based on the request, we feel that this is unduly burdensome and we would like to meet and confer for a narrowing and clarification of your request.

If you can please provide your availability for a conference call with our Legal Counsel, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Ashley Palbitska, MBA
Deputy City Clerk
Chief FOIA Officer

City of Highland Park
1707 St Johns Avenue
Highland Park, Illinois 60035

From: Highland Park Police Department

Good Afternoon,

This is a follow-up to an email I sent last Wednesday to conduct a meet and confer regarding the request you had submitted. It is now Monday and I have not had a response. The City of Highland Park would like to assist with your request but we would like to have a conversation regarding your request before we can move forward. Please contact me via e-mail and let me know when you would be available for a phone call so we can narrow and clarify your request.

Thank you,

Ashley Palbitska, MBA
City of Highland Park
Deputy City Clerk
Chief FOIA Officer