Kentucky Community & Technical College System v. Messenger-Inquirer, Woodford Circuit Court (2010)

The Messenger-Inquirer sought records from the KCTCS concerning former Owensboro Community College President Paula Gastenveld, whom KCTCS had terminated from that position without stating any reason. The Attorney General, in two separate opinions, ruled that KCTCS violated the Open Records Act by withholding the requested records. KCTCS sued the Messenger-Inquirer in Woodford Circuit Court in two separate actions. We represented the newspaper on both actions, and the court affirmed the Attorney General decision and held that KCTCS willfully violated the Open Records Act and must pay attorneys’ fees and costs.