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State Supreme Court To Hear UConn FOI Case

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The Connecticut Supreme Court.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The Connecticut Supreme Court. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s highest court will soon consider whether the University of Connecticut must release certain lists, including its season ticket holders’ names, under open records laws.

The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments Monday on the case, which stems from a Freedom of Information Commission decision in 2009.

The commission ordered UConn to provide the records to alumnus and former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto. He’d requested them to reach more people for a new advocacy and watchdog group.

UConn says the documents are equivalent to business trade secrets, and that other institutions might use them to lure Huskies fans’ dollars and loyalties.

Open records experts say this is the first time Connecticut’s high court must decide whether public entities can use the trade secrets rationale to keep information private.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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