Open Access NM v. Trujillo, A-1-CA-40249

CitationA-1-CA-40249
Case DateSeptember 27, 2022
CourtCourt of Appeals of New Mexico

OPEN ACCESS NM, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.

DIEGO TRUJILLO, Designated Custodian of Public Records for Sandoval County, Defendant-Appellee.

No. A-1-CA-40249

Court of Appeals of New Mexico

September 27, 2022


Corrections to this opinion/decision not affecting the outcome, at the Court's discretion, can occur up to the time of publication with NM Compilation Commission. The Court will ensure that the electronic version of this opinion/decision is updated accordingly in Odyssey.

APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF SANDOVAL COUNTY JAMES A. NOEL, DISTRICT JUDGE

Western Agriculture, Resource and Business Advocates, LLP A. Blair Dunn Jared R. Vander Dussen Albuquerque, NM for Appellant

New Mexico Association of Counties Brandon Huss David A. Roman Albuquerque, NM for Appellant

MEMORANDUM OPINION

JACQUELINE R. MEDINA, JUDGE

{¶1} Plaintiff appealed following the dismissal of its complaint. We previously issued a notice of proposed summary disposition in which we proposed to affirm.

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Plaintiff has filed a memorandum in opposition. After due consideration, we remain unpersuaded. We therefore affirm.

{¶2} Because the relevant background information has previously been set forth, we will avoid undue reiteration here and focus instead on the content of the memorandum in opposition.

{¶3} Plaintiff continues to assert that the district court erred in concluding that the redaction of certain information from various documents produced in connection with a request Plaintiff made to Defendant, pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA), NMSA 1978, §§ 14-2-1 to -12 (1947, as amended through 2019), was not actionable. The district court's determination was premised upon the fact that the documents in question were not actually responsive to Plaintiff's IPRA request. Otherwise stated, those documents were surplus. We perceive no error.

{¶4} Under IPRA, every person has a right to inspect public records pursuant to the established procedure, which entails the submission of a written request that must identify the records sought with reasonable particularity. See §§ 14-2-1(A), -8(C), -9. IPRA also incorporates enforcement provisions, which pertain to the denial of documents that are duly responsive to particularized requests. See §§ 14-2-11(C), -12(B). See generally Faber v. King, 2015-NMSC-015, ¶ 31, 348 P.3d 173 (observing that "[a] successful litigant suing under [IPRA] is adequately

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