McBurney v. Young
United States Supreme Court
561 U.S. 221 (2013)
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) stated that Virginia citizens could access all public records but did not contain a similar allowance for non-Virginia citizens. McBurney and other non-Virginia residents (plaintiffs) sought access to Virginia public records under FOIA. The Commonwealth of Virginia (defendant) denied the request. The non-Virginia residents challenged FOIA’s exclusion of non-residents on the grounds that it violated the Privileges and Immunities Clause. The non-Virginia residents argued that FOIA prevented them from practicing their trade, which required obtaining property records from various states for clients. The non-Virginia residents also claimed that the exclusion gave Virginia citizens an unfair litigation advantage over non-Virginia citizens. The non-Virginia residents also claimed FOIA violated the dormant Commerce Clause. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Alito, J.)
Concurrence (Thomas, J.)
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