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Virginia officials & dentist's legal battle continues in state Supreme Court: 6 things to know

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled against the state's use of Freedom of Information Act exemptions, according to Southside Daily.

Here are six things to know:

1. The ruling overturns a circuit court's decision that allowed state officials to redact information in FOIA documents.

2. Allan Bergano, DDS, sued Virginia Beach, Va., after claiming he was treated unfairly in an eminent domain case involving his private practice.

3. The dentist filed the FOIA request for the legal fees and expert invoices of Virginia Beach's expenses during the time Dr. Bergano and city officials went to federal court.

4. City officials sent Dr. Bergano "heavily" redacted documents, citing attorney-client privilege and legal word-product exemptions.

5. The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled the city's reason for the exemptions was too broad and ordered for the disclose of unredacted documents.

6. Dr. Bergano claims the city acted with "callous disregard" for the rights of his longtime dental practice. He first filed his lawsuit against the city in November 2015.

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