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Freedom of Information Appellate Court Opinion

by Booth, George


AC41297 - Aronow v. Freedom of Information Commission (Administrative appeal; request for documents pursuant to Freedom of Information Act (§ 1-200 et seq.); "The self-represented plaintiff, Michael Aronow, appeals from the dismissal by the trial court of his appeal from the final decision of the defendant Freedom of Information Commission (commission). Although, after a hearing, the commission concluded that the University of Connecticut Health Center (health center) had violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), General Statutes § 1-200 et seq., in regard to document requests made by the plaintiff, the plaintiff appealed to the trial court from the orders and subordinate findings made by the commission. On appeal from the judgment of the court dismissing his appeal from the commission, the plaintiff claims that the court erred in (1) concluding that he was not aggrieved by the commission's decision to decline to impose a civil penalty against the health center for the FOIA violation, (2) dismissing his claim that the commission improperly dismissed a previous FOIA complaint filed by the plaintiff regarding an earlier document request made to the health center, (3) concluding that there was substantial evidence in the record to support the commission's finding that the plaintiff had narrowed the scope of his FOIA request, and (4) concluding that the commission did not abuse its discretion by affording the health center nine months to comply with its document production order.

We agree with the court's conclusions regarding the plaintiff's first and second claims, and, accordingly, affirm the judgment as to those claims. We conclude, however, that the trial court erred in concluding that there was substantial evidence to support the commission's finding that the plaintiff had narrowed the scope of his original FOIA request in regard to paragraph eleven of the commission's final decision. Accordingly, the judgment is reversed in part, and the case is remanded to the trial court with direction to remand to the commission with direction to order that the health center comply expeditiously with the plaintiff's original request, as narrowed only by paragraph ten of the commission's final decision.")