University of Missouri to go to trial in open records case


Academic Hall on the campus of University of Missouri - Columbia. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A judge has ruled that a case against the University of Missouri regarding its open records practices will go to trial.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Circuit Judge Jeff Harris on Friday rejected the university’s request to end the 2016 lawsuit filed by Animal Rescue Media Education.

The university declined to comment on the judge’s decision.

The lawsuit says the university estimated it would cost more than $82,000 to fulfill the animal rights group’s request for records relating to about 180 animals used in research. The lawsuit says the charge is so high that it prevents the public from accessing information.

Harris says one issue that needs to be settled at trial is whether the university is keeping records in a manner that inflates costs when compiling requested records.
Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune