THOMAS M. GAUTREAUX v. INTERNAL MEDICINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC. (Tenn. February 28, 2011)
Plaintiff requested records from a nonprofit foundation pursuant to the Tennessee Public Records Act. The nonprofit foundation refused the request, stating that the foundation was not a government agency and that the records were not public. Plaintiff filed a Petition for Access to Public Records in chancery court, which held that the records were available because the nonprofit foundation was the functional equivalent of a government agency. The Court of Appeals affirmed.
We hold that the nonprofit foundation's records are not available pursuant to the Tennessee Public Records Act because it is not the functional equivalent of a government agency. We also hold that its records are not available pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 10-7-503(d) (1999) because the nonprofit foundation has no more than two full-time staff members. We therefore reverse the judgment of the lower courts and dismiss the case.
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