MU To Pay $175,000 In Open Records Case | KBIA

MU To Pay $175,000 In Open Records Case

May 14, 2020

The University of Missouri will pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an animal rights group over a public records request.

The Beagle Freedom Project asked the university for records pertaining to cats and dogs used for research. The university initially said the group would need to pay $82,222 for the records, prompting the lawsuit. The group won at trial last year and on Monday a judge ended the case by approving the settlement amount.

St. Louis Public Radio reports the Beagle Freedom Project's attorney had at one time offered to settle the lawsuit for $1 and some policy changes at the university.