Court grants Temporary Restraining Order forcing removal of MuckRock documents

Electronic Frontier Foundation agrees to represent MuckRock in fight to keep public records public

Written by Michael Morisy

A King County, Washington court has ordered MuckRock to un-publish documents that the City of Seattle released to one of our users, Phil Mocek, via a public records request concerning private contractors who bid on the city’s smart utility meter program.

Although MuckRock has complied with the order, we disagree with the court’s decision and are confident that ultimately we will vindicate our right to publish the documents that Mr. Mocek lawfully obtained.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights group, has agreed to represent MuckRock in our fight against the order and will be acting as our counsel.

We are incredibly grateful for the support of the EFF, our users and readers, and the many individuals and organizations that reached out with support and advice.