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Oregon Construction Worker Keeps Busy Filing Public Records Suits

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An Oregon construction worker and his attorney have turned the filing of public records suits into a business of sorts; a cottage industry in the words of one disgruntled public official. David Koenig just won $40,000 in legal fees and penalties from the city of Lakewood, which denied him records on the arrest of a police officer in a prostitution sting. In previous suits, he won legal fee and penalty judgments of $22,700, $27,000 and $83,500 against other law enforcement agencies. He said he has personally cleared between $30,000 and $50,000 from the penalties awarded. (4/21/08)