University of Louisville, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting settle public-records lawsuit

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The University of Louisville settled a public-records lawsuit Monday with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which had been seeking an auditor’s report from the school.

The lawsuit was filed in October in Jefferson County, Ky., as part of the investigative center’s research on a story about a spate of high-dollar embezzlements at the school. After the thefts, the school hired an auditor, which prepared a 17-page report.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting had asked for the report and sued when the school declined to turn it over. The university said the documents were a preliminary draft and not a final report.

As part of the settlement, the University of Louisville agreed to turn over the auditor’s report, which the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting posted to its website.