Last year, Seattle-based activist Phil Mocek requested text messages sent by mayor Ed Murray to his staff. Unsurprisingly, the mayor’s press team responded fairly quickly - albeit in a fairly surprisingly way.
Since May 23rd, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Venkat Balasubramani of Focal PLLC have been helping fight a series of lawsuits against MuckRock over requests filed by Phil Mocek regarding so-called “smart meters” in the city of Seattle. Yesterday, the last of those suits was finally dismissed.
Back in May, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) graciously offered to represent MuckRock in court after three companies sued us for hosting public records released to Phil Mocek. So far, two of those suits were dropped, and this week, EFF has filed to end the third.
A multinational demands to know who reads MuckRock and is suing to stop us from posting records about them
A multinational owned by Toshiba is demanding MuckRock remove documents about them received under a public records act request, destroy any copies we have, and help identify MuckRock readers who saw them. We believe that these threats are a chilling attack on free speech.