UK Sues Herald-Leader in Open Records Case Over Failed Deal

Oct 3, 2016

Credit The University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is suing the Lexington Herald-Leader in order to avoid revealing documents about a failed business deal between UK HealthCare and a Hazard cardiology firm.

The Lexington Herald-Leader says it had requested a Power Point presentation given to the UK Board of Trustees by District of Columbia lawyer David Douglass about the Appalachian Heart Center. The university paid $1 million to Douglass and $4.1 million to the federal government because of billing problems at the cardiology firm it acquired in 2013.

The university has already filed a related lawsuit seeking to overturn Attorney General Andy Beshear's ruling that UK violated the Kentucky Open Records Act when it refused to turn over documents related to a dinner meeting in which Douglass briefed board members.