|Submitted||Jan. 1, 2016|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the South Dakota Sunshine Law, 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Attached is an Microsoft Excel file of a list of lawsuits involving our agency.
The file contains case numbers and type (federal or state), plaintiffs, defendants, date served (month/year) and attorneys. In the first column, the term agency refers to whether the Attorney General’s Office or a private firm is representing the department.
The cases highlighted in blue toward the bottom of the file signifies those cases have been closed.
You can access state cases at the Clerk of Courts offices in the county in which the case they filed and federal cases through the PACER system http://www.uscourts.gov/courtrecords/find-case-pacer.
South Dakota Department of Corrections