SULLIVAN v. UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

No. 22-35338.

60 F.4th 574 (2023)

Jane SULLIVAN; P. Poes, 1-75; Individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, a Washington public corporation; Eliza Saunders, Director of Public Records and Open Public Meetings, University of Washington, Defendants-Appellees, v. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc., Intervenor-Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed February 17, 2023.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Peter D. Hawkes (argued), Angeli Law Group LLC, Portland, Oregon, for Intervenor-Defendant-Appellant.

Darwin P. Roberts (argued), Goldfarb & Huck Roth Riojas PLLC, Seattle, Washington, for Plaintiffs-Appellees.

Jessica L. Creighton and Nancy S. Garland , Assistant Attorneys General; Robert W. Ferguson , Attorney General; Washington Attorney General's Office, University of Washington Division, Seattle, Washington; for Defendants-Appellees.

Ashley Ridgway and Christopher Berry , Animal Legal Defense Fund, Cotati, California, for Amicus Curiae Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Katie B. Townsend , Adam A. Marshall , and Gunita Singh , Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Washington, D.C., for Amici Curiae Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 16 Media Organizations.

Concurrence by Judge Fitzwater


OPINION

Appointees to a university committee created to satisfy federal legal requirements sought to enjoin the university from releasing the letters appointing them to the official committee. The appointees claimed that the disclosure of such letters, which contain their personal identifying information, would violate...

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