Appeals court rules for U-M in open meetings lawsuit

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the University of Michigan's practice of holding some of its board meetings behind closed doors.

The ruling upheld a lower court's ruling in a lawsuit filed by the Detroit Free Press.

"The Constitution permits defendant to hold informal meetings in private; defendant is only required to hold its formal meetings in public," the ruling said. Continue…


Oakley must reveal police fund donors, Michigan Court of Appeals rules

The Michigan Court of Appeals published a decision today that orders Oakley to release the names of donors to the village police fund.

The decision, signed digitally by Michael J. Riordan and Patrick M. Meter on Jan. 23, does not make a decision on whether the village should release the names of reservists serving as part of the Oakley Police Department.


Michigan woman’s failed FOIA request case could result in bigger award, appeals court rules

From Detroit Free Press:

LANSING — When Nancy Prins sent the Michigan State Police a Freedom of Information Act request in July 2008, asking for police video of her May traffic stop, she was told it was not available because the department only keeps such videos for 30 days.


Appeals Court To Hold Hearing On Open Meetings Act


The Michigan Court of Appeals is hearing arguments in cases related to troubled city finances in Detroit and Flint. The issue is whether the state review teams that looked at the books in both cities should have met in public.

Lower court judges ruled that they must meet the requirements of the Open Meetings Act. The court will hear arguments Thursday. A decision will be released at a later date.