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PETA Wins Massachusetts Supreme Court Case


Michael Oberdorfer
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Michael Oberdorfer

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overturned a ruling by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) which allowed the redaction of names and addresses of institutions and businesses involved in importing monkeys in 2014.
PETA pursued an appeal when a lower court ruled that the DAR’s redaction was within their statutory authority in protecting personal information whose disclosure is “likely to jeopardize public safety."
The state Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, after considering such factors as whether the redacted information pertains to home or business addresses, whether the redacted information is available from other sources, and whether DAR could demonstrate a significant risk to individual safety, overturned the lower court’s ruling.
This ruling narrows these kinds of legal exemptions significantly and may serve as a legal precedent in other states.
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