Department of Corrections lawsuits/settlements (Department of Correctional Services)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Correctional Services of Nebraska .
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-712), I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all reports, lists, or databases detailing the lawsuits, grievances, or other mediated conflicts in which this agency was listed as a party. This should include all such lawsuits and otherwise in which this agency was listed either as a plaintiff or a defendant in all instances through the end of 2015. This should also include all such lawsuits, settlements, and otherwise in which was named a party any representative of this agency, any individual acting in some capacity on behalf of this agency, or any company, corporation, or contractor providing services on behalf of this agency. Please include all available segregable data, including but not limited to the parties involved, the nature of the complaint, the date on which proceedings began, the date on which the resolution was reached, the nature of the resolution, the amount used to settle the conflict, any records related to associated legal fees incurred as part of the conflict, etc. This should include requests for funds used to cover settlement agreements, court costs, or other expenses related to lawsuits.

Further clarification can be provided upon request.

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 4 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Blum, Kathy

Ms. Lipton:

I am writing in response to your email dated January 1, 2015 and received by us on January 4, 2016. In your email, you requested copies of particular records from us under the Nebraska Public Records Statutes. More specifically, you requested copies of records pertaining to lawsuits, grievances, mediated conflicts and settlements in which the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services or someone acting on our behalf was a plaintiff or defendant through the end of 2015.
We will need to conduct a search to determine if we have documents responsive to your request. As a result, your records request cannot be fulfilled within four business days due to the significant difficulty associated with that search and with a determination as to whether there is any basis to keep portions of any records confidential under the appropriate Nebraska statutes. The earliest practicable date for fulfilling your records request is January 22, 2016 and we will respond to your request on that date. We estimate the cost of providing copies of any responsive records which we might find to be $50 or less. Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-712 (4), you may choose to modify or prioritize the items within your request in some fashion.

Kathleen A. Blum
Associate Legal Counsel
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Phone: 402-479-5901
Fax: 402-479-5623
E-mail: kathy.blum@nebraska.gov<mailto:kathy.blum@nebraska.gov>

From: Blum, Kathy

Ms. Lipton,

Attached is the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services response to your public records request dated January 1, 2016. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Kathleen A. Blum
Associate Legal Counsel
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Phone: 402-479-5901
Fax: 402-479-5623
E-mail: kathy.blum@nebraska.gov<mailto:kathy.blum@nebraska.gov>

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Blum,

Thank you very much for this.

Best,
Beryl

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