Adams County Record, et al. v. Greater North Dakota Association, et al.
This lawsuit arose under the open records law of North Dakota. Rural newspapers sought access to GNDA's financial records to prove that tort reform efforts were being financed by tobacco and waste companies. (529 N.W.2d 830 ND 1995); (564 N.W.2d 304 ND 1997) North Dakota Supreme Court ultimately ruled against disclosure under the open records law. The extent of the tobacco industry's involvement ultimately came to light in a series of newspaper articles when ex-employees came forward with the information.