|Multi Request||Agency Settlements|
|Submitted||Nov. 6, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:
Absolutely any and all logs, reports, spreadsheets, databases, or other materials detailing all settlements or similar dispute resolutions to which this agency, or any division thereof, was a party, including, but not limited to, all conciliatory agreements related to complaints or court or legal proceedings against any representative of or office of this agency. Please include all available segregable data, including the entities involved, the date on which the initial complaint or court action was brought, the nature of the charge or complaint, the nature of the dispute resolution (i.e. in-court, out-of-court, in-agency mediation, third-party, etc.), any financial agreements associated with the settlement, and the date on which the case was closed.
Please provide all available materials from January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017.
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 5 business days, as the statute requires.
THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
Thank you for your correspondence. This is an automatic response to let you know that the City will process your request and respond further within 5 business days of its receipt by an Open Records Officer. Please note that requests received after 5PM are deemed received the next business day.
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* Search for a property's L&I related permits, licenses, violations, and appeals with the L&I property history tool. (http://li.phila.gov/)
* Search for a property's Real Estate Tax Balance with the Revenue Department's tax real estate lookup tool. (http://www.phila.gov/revenue/RealEstateTax/)
* Find all of the City of Philadelphia's open data sets on Open Data Philly, the Philadelphia region's open data portal. (https://www.opendataphilly.org/)
* Search information about professional service contracts online at eContract Philly. (https://secure.phila.gov/eContract/)
* Search information about procurement contracts online with PHL Contracts. (https://www.phlcontracts.phila.gov/bso/)
* Search City legislation and related hearings online with Legistar. (https://phila.legistar.com/)
* Obtain financial disclosure forms from the Department of Records. (http://fdswebsearch.phila-records.com/Default.aspx)
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School District of Philadelphia (https://www.philasd.org/generalcounsel/programsservices/right-to-know-law/)
City of Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/aboutus/Pages/RightToKnow.aspx)
Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (https://www.philadelphiaredevelopmentauthority.org/right-know)
First Judicial District (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas) (https://www.courts.phila.gov/publicaccess/)
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The City of Philadelphia
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CITY OF PHILADELPHIA LAW DEPARTMENT One Parkway Building 1515 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 Sozi Pedro Tulante City Solicitor Re: FW: Right to Know Request: Agency Settlements (Philadelphia Law Department) Request #: 195 Dear email@example.com: Thank you for writing to the City of Philadelphia (“City”) with your request for information. A brief description of your request(s) as well as the City’s internal tracking number can be found below. This letter serves as an acknowledgement of receipt of your request and notice of the City’s Open Records Policy pursuant to the Right to Know Law. Please note at the outset that written requests for records to state and local agencies in Pennsylvania are generally governed by the Commonwealth’s Right to Know Law (the “Act” or “RTK Law”), 65 P.S. §§ 67.101-67.3104. In accordance with the Act, the City has promulgated an Open Records Policy, which requires the standard statewide Right to Know Form be used for the submission of written requests pursuant to the Act (“RTK Requests”). See 65 P.S. § 67.504(a); Dekok v. Lancaster County, AP 2010-1197, 2011 PA O.O.R.D. LEXIS 25 at *5 and n.1 (Pa. O.O.R. Jan. 17, 2011) (holding that in accordance with the Right to Know Law, an agency may adopt a policy requiring the use of the standard statewide form established by the Office of Open Records in order to file a Right to Know Request); accord Pa. Gaming Control Bd. v. Office of Open Records, 48 A.3d 503 (Pa. Cmmw. 2012). As your request was not submitted on or with the standard statewide form, the City does not consider your request to be a RTK Request pursuant to the Act and will process it as an informal request. You do not have to resubmit your request for the City to respond unless you are specifically informed otherwise. The City reserves the right to require a formal RTK Request be submitted pursuant to the Act before releasing records. The City is continuing to process the request you have submitted as an informal request outside the Act and will be in touch with you further to respond to your request. However, if you would like to file a RTK Request, please submit your request on or with the standard statewide Right to Know Form and address your request to the appropriate open records officer in accordance with the City’s Right to Know Policy. Please include this notice with your RTK Request. Please note that if you resubmit your request as a written request pursuant to the Act the City will deem your informal request to have been withdrawn. The City’s Open Records Policy can be found here: http://www.phila.gov/privacy/pdfs/FinalCityOpenRecords.pdf The statewide form appears at the end of the City’s Right to Know Policy. If you require a hard copy of the form and/or policy, please let me know and one will be provided. The City reserves the right to assert any and all grounds of denial in its final response to your request. Respectfully, Jill I. Freeman Deputy City Solicitor (215) 683-5457 (215) 683-5069 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org Tracking #: email@example.com 195 Request Summary: Settlement data from January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017. Original Request:
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