Central Kentucky News-Journal v. George, 306 S.W.3d 41 (Ky. 2010)

A public school employee filed suit against her employing school district, claiming sexual harassment by a school district official. She filed suit against another school district, claiming to have been wrongfully refused employment. Both claims were settled, but the settlement agreements contained confidentiality provisions. The newspaper sought, but was denied, access to the settlement agreements under the Open Records Act. After the trial court and Court of Appeals refused to grant access, we prevailed in the Kentucky Supreme Court, which held that settlement of litigation between private citizens and a governmental entity was matter of legitimate public concern that the public is entitled to scrutinize regardless of the existence of a confidentiality clause.