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University of Missouri System lawsuit over open records will move forward

The suit claimed they violated state open records laws by inflating the costs to produce public records the group had requested.

SABRINI BRONS: ‘In May 2016, Animal Rescue, Media & Education, also known as the Beagle Freedom Project, sued the UM System and its records custodian, Paula Barrett. The suit claimed they violated state open records laws by inflating the costs to produce public records the group had requested. The defendants made a motion for summary judgment, which would have kept the case from going to trial, but Judge Jeff Harris denied that motion.

The court found six issues that need to be resolved in the case: Whether the UM System is keeping the costs to produce records as low as possible.What kind of employees the UM System uses to produce records.The scope of Animal Rescue, Media & Education’s records request.How the UM System calculated the time it would take to respond to records.The UM System’s record-keeping practices and its impact on the cost of responding to the requests.The $82,222.33 price tag the UM System put on Animal Rescue, Media & Education’s records request’. SOURCE…

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