Francis Pileggi is a partner in the firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, and practices primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation. Visit Francis' biography page on his firm's website for more information.

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court recently addressed an issue of first impression regarding the exception under the RTKL for information shared between an agency and an entity with whom the agency contracts that is “internal to the agency” for purposes of qualifying for the “internal, predecisional deliberations” exception of a state agency, pursuant to Section 708(b)(10)(i) of

In an apparent issue of first impression, the Commonwealth Court granted attorneys’ fees in connection with an enforcement action under the RTKL. In Uniontown Newspapers Inc. v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, 197 A.3d 825 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2018), the court granted attorneys’ fees to a newspaper in connection with fees incurred to enforce a decision

A recent decision of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld a determination by the Office of Open Records, and concluded that neither the Pennsylvania Department of Health nor the private company involved had established that the withheld records were exempt as confidential proprietary information under Section 708(b)(11) of the RTKL. See Broomall Operating Company, LP