MIDLAND, Mich. —A public records lawsuit filed in January by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation against the University of Michigan has been dismissed. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni after the university initially delayed releasing public records in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Below is a joint statement from ACTA and the University of Michigan and an additional statement from ACTA.
ACTA, through its attorneys at the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, has agreed to dismiss their lawsuit against the University of Michigan after the University provided the materials ACTA initially sought through the Freedom of Information Act. The University of Michigan denies any wrongdoing in this matter, and the parties have agreed that mutual resolution of this matter is the most efficient way to resolve this dispute. Both parties are committed to the openness and the free flow of information embodied in the FOIA.
Statement from Michael Poliakoff, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni:
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