Department of Corrections lawsuits/settlements (Texas Department of Public Safety)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Texas Department of Public Safety of Texas.
Tracking # 16-0006
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, 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.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: OGC Webmaster

Please see attached.

Molly Cost
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890

This e-mail, including any attached files, may contain confidential and privileged information for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, use, distribution, or disclosure by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient (or authorized to receive information for the intended recipient), please contact the sender by reply e-mail and delete all copies of this message.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Cost,

In response to your questions:

1. I'm interested in all available materials, dating as far back as records are kept. However, for the time being, materials through from 2010 through 2015 will suffice, and we can discuss older materials at a later point.

2. I am also interested in complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Thank you for clarifying!

3. I would also be interested in internal employee complaints and grievances. However, I understand that this may require another chunk of time and effort. If you could provide some break down of associated materials, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for all of your help. I hope you've had a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: OGC Webmaster

Mr. Lipton,

One other question. You mention both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections in your correspondence. These are separate Texas state agencies. Are you requesting records regarding lawsuits, internal complaints, and EEOC cases for the Texas Department of Public Safety or the Department of Corrections?

Thank you,

Molly Cost
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Department of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890 phone
(512) 424-5716 fax
OGC.Webmaster@dps.texas.gov

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Ms. Cost,

The reference to the Department of Corrections was part of a standard subject line. However, do you think that the Department of Criminal Justice would also have relevant material? If so, I'll submit another request to them.

Thank you,
Beryl

From: OGC Webmaster

I do not know what type of records the Department of Criminal Justice might have. But here is the link to their Public Information Act request page. http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/divisions/es/exec_services_open_records_requests.html
Thanks,

Molly Cost
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Department of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890 phone
(512) 424-5716 fax
OGC.Webmaster@dps.texas.gov

From: OGC Webmaster

Please see attached.

Molly Cost
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890

This e-mail, including any attached files, may contain confidential and privileged information for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, use, distribution, or disclosure by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient (or authorized to receive information for the intended recipient), please contact the sender by reply e-mail and delete all copies of this message.

From: OGC Webmaster

Please see attached.

Molly Cost
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890

This e-mail, including any attached files, may contain confidential and privileged information for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, use, distribution, or disclosure by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient (or authorized to receive information for the intended recipient), please contact the sender by reply e-mail and delete all copies of this message.

From: OGC Webmaster

Please see attached.

Molly Cost
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890

This e-mail, including any attached files, may contain confidential and privileged information for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, use, distribution, or disclosure by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient (or authorized to receive information for the intended recipient), please contact the sender by reply e-mail and delete all copies of this message.

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