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NEWARK MORNING LEDGER CO., PUBLISHER OF THE STARLEDGER VS. NEW JERSEY SPORTS & EXPOSITION AUTHORITY A-1810-10T1

NEWARK MORNING LEDGER CO., PUBLISHER OF THE STARLEDGER

VS. NEW JERSEY SPORTS & EXPOSITION AUTHORITY

A-1810-10T1

We are asked to examine the scope of certain exemptions

from the disclosure requirements set forth in the Open Public

Records Act (OPRA), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 to -13. We conclude

disclosure of the terms of the licensing agreements for use of

the IZOD Center, a state-owned facility, is mandated by OPRA.

The redacted terms relating to the use of the arena do not fall

within the scope of "trade secrets" or "proprietary commercial

or financial information" as used in N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1.

Further, disclosure of the details regarding the licensing fees

and other remunerative arrangements would not afford an

advantage to other venues competing for bookings because they

are widely known among those involved in this branch of the

entertainment industry, defeating defendant's claims of

confidentiality. 11-30-11