Thursday, September 22, 2016

Center for Investigative Reporting sues UofL Foundation after violations of Open Records Act

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has sued the University of Louisville Foundation after the Office of the Attorney General has ruled the foundation violated the state's open records laws four times since August.

In a news release, the center said it has been fighting to get records from the foundation for more than seven months, records that detail ethics and disclosure forms, and payroll and financial documents.

The lawsuit states the foundation has resisted or ignored the request for such documents in order to delay access to or block access entirely.

As an investigative news agency, the center believes the information about the finances and administration of the University of Louisville Foundation are of a public interest and need to be reported. The center wants to increase the transparency of state institutions.

This is not the center's first lawsuit against the university; it sued and won in May 2015.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Jefferson County Circuit Court. The center is represented by Jon Fleischaker and Michael Abate from the Louisville firm of Dinsmore & Shohl.

For more on the opinions Beshear has issued against the Foundation click the number of the opinion: 16-ORD-16416-ORD-189, 16-ORD-192, 16-ORD-204.

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