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October 2021

Utah Court Rules Journalist Entitled to Names of Lobbyists Hired to Delist Gray Wolf

By Jeffrey J. Hunt, David C. Reymann, and Jeremy M. Brodis
The court held that the names of the subcontractors being paid with state funds to lobby for wolf-delisting were not properly classified as protected “trade secrets” or “commercial information,” under Utah’s open records statute, and that in any event the names must be released because the public interest in access outweighs any interests in restriction of access.