University of Minnesota responds to animal testing secrecy lawsuit: It "lacks merit"
|The Defense Fund's lawsuit claims the U of M's Animal Care Committee is subject to the Open Meeting Law; the U's legal counsel disagrees.|
The University of Minnesota denies allegations the school has unlawfully restricted public access to records and meetings pertaining to the school's animal research practices.
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Last week, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the U of M for 'refusing public access' to Animal Care Committee meetings that are allegedly public, and for not supplying documents the school is legally obligated to share. But in a statement provided to City Pages yesterday, U of M General Counsel Mark Rotenberg argues that the meetings in question are not in fact public, and that university staff is still in the process of compiling and reviewing the documents requested by the Defense Fund.
Here's the entirety of the Rotenberg's statement: