In 2010, the Department of Transitional Assistance warned a records requester that if he publicized information about how much the government had reimbursed stores for food stamps – data that the agency had turned over to the requester – he could face federal fines of up to $1,000, plus up to a year in jail. (The requester did not buckle, and the agency took no further action.) See M. Morisy, “Transparency Missing from Government,” CommonWealth, Summer 2011 (July 6, 2011).
More typically, requests to enjoin disclosure typically take the form of third-party suits against the government agency to preclude release of the third party’s documents that are in the agency’s possession. See, e.g., Wakefield Teachers Ass’n v. Sch. Comm. of Worcester, 431 Mass. 792, 793 & n.4 (2000) (complaint for injunctive relief brought on teacher’s behalf by teachers’ exclusive bargaining representative). Media entities can typically intervene in such situations. See, e.g., Bechtel Infrastructure Corp. v. Mass. Turnpike Auth., 16 Mass. L. Rep. 149 (Super. Ct. April 10, 2003) (intervention by Boston Globe).