New York City reports/lists of police department lawsuits

Todd Feathers filed this request with the New York City Law Department of New York City, NY .
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all reports, lists, or databases detailing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the city's police department since 2009. This should include requests for, or documentation of, funds used to cover settlement agreements, court costs, or other expenses related to lawsuits.

This request should be construed to include any document submitted to, compiled by, or in any way maintained by the law department that lists lawsuits brought against the police department between 2009-2013. If a document exists that contains the requested information for some, but not all of the above mentioned years, please include that/those document(s).

I request that fees be waived because I am a journalist -- employed by the Boston Globe and MuckRock news -- and intend to use the requested documents in the interest of educating the public and not for any commercial reasons.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Ahlers, Kate O'Brien (Law)

Mr. Feathers,

We are forwarding this to our FOIL Officer now.

Regards, Kate Ahlers / Media Director, NYC Law Dept.

From: Fine, Andrew (Law)

Dear Mr. Feathers,

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent FOIL request.

Sincerely,

Andrew Fine

From: Fine, Andrew (Law)

Mr. Feathers,

I have been working on your request, dated September 2, 2014, and I would like to talk to you about its breadth. When would be a good time to speak on the phone?
Thanks very much.

ADF

Andrew Fine
Legal Counsel Division
New York City Law Department
(212) 356-2493

From: Fine, Andrew (Law)

Dear Mr. Feathers,

Please see the attached letter regarding your FOIL request.

Sincerely,

Andrew Fine
Legal Counsel Division
New York City Law Department
212-356-2493

From: Todd Feathers

Andrew,

Thanks so much for your help with this. I just wanted to make sure I understand the scope of the cases. When we spoke on the phone I had said ideally I would like only civil rights and tort cases. You said you would see if it was possible to segregate those cases with your system. It looks to me like these are all closed cases, not just civil rights and tort, but I wanted to make sure.

Thank you again, I know this ended up being a hassle and I appreciate you working with me on it.

Todd

From: Fine, Andrew (Law)

You are correct. The spreadsheet includes all cases brought since 2009 that name the NYPD as a defendant that have closed. We could not segregate the cases into the categories you requested.

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