The City of Baltimore is keeping communications between city officials and attorneys hired to litigate the city’s climate lawsuit against oil companies hidden from public because of “attorney-client privilege,” The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
TheDCNF sent in a request for communications between attorneys at the law firm of Sher Edling LLC and Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis, Senior Public Safety Counsel Suzanne Sangree and Assistant Solicitor Elizabeth Ryan Martinez on August 1. Baltimore denied the request August 12.
“This response is on behalf of the Law Department. The records you have requested, by their very nature, are protected from disclosure pursuant to the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product doctrines,” assistant city solicitor Benjamin Bor said in an email to TheDCNF. “Accordingly, we must deny your request.”
Davis, Sangree and Martinez sued several oil and gas companies on behalf of the City of Baltimore on July 20, joining other cities and municipalities across the U.S. attempting to hold energy companies accountable for severe weather damage. Several attorneys at Sher Edling are representing Baltimore in the case.