Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Open Records and Settlement Agreements

This is what the Kentucky Supreme Court has to say about it.

"[I]n Central Kentucky News-Journal v. George, 306 S.W.3d 41 (Ky. 2010) and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government v. Lexington Herald-Leader Company, 941 S.W.2d 469 (Ky. 1997), we addressed requests for disclosure of settlement agreements in law suits brought by private citizens against, respectively, a school board and a police department. Notwithstanding confidentiality agreements between the parties, we held that the settlements were subject to disclosure. The public's keen interest in knowing the terms of the settlements—the amount of public funds paid out by the agencies in compensation for what injuries to whom—easily outweighed, we explained, the recipients' interest in keeping the settlements private."

Lawson v. Office of Attorney General, 415 SW 3d 59 (Ky. 2013)


Tom Fox, J. D.
Southern Specialty Law Publishing Company
Louisville, Kentucky

A division of Accountable Kentucky Incorporated
a Kentucky Non-profit corporation

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