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You can't vex a Texan

Martin Rosenbaum | 11:43 UK time, Friday, 30 March 2007

I thought I was a serial requester until ...

I read about the individual who made 90 freedom of information requests to the BBC within a six-month period - this week the Information Commissioner issued a ruling that the BBC was right to reject his latest batch of requests as 'vexatious'.

But that's nothing. In Texas the parents of a disabled child made 2,200 FOI requests to their local school board. Well, everything's big in Texas. The school board retaliated by suing the parents, but have now lost the case. The board has sent the couple over 100,000 pages of documents. You could probably call that an administrative burden.

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  • At 07:06 PM on 31 Mar 2007,
  • Paul Dockree wrote:

FOI cases and the lawyers. I do not often hear that solicitors get involved in trying to unbutton the stays of the FOI here in Great Britain. The Texan case sounds like a law firm got involved.

How on earth does one parents case generate 100,000 pages of documents else? A $ sign no doubt on every bit of paper. And whilst the parents may have one - I would guess a greatly reduced bank balance for both them and the school board.

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