• Freedom of Information Act Ruling
  • April 14, 2016
  • Law Firm: Nexsen Pruet LLC - Columbia Office
  • A recent ruling regarding South Carolina‚Äôs Freedom of Information Act is one to note. It came on February 22 in DomainsNewMedia.com vs. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

    Circuit court judge Michael Nettles in Beaufort, granted summary judgment holding that the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is a "public body" and therefore subject to FOIA.

    The Chamber is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation and receives public money from local governments. Judge Nettles used a five part test from a prior Supreme Court case to determine whether the Chamber was subject to the FOIA.

    According to local media reports, the Chamber's legal team plans to appeal directly to the South Carolina Supreme Court. This is a case we will be monitoring, so updates will be provided as necessary.