by Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — The Virginia Supreme Court has awarded $250 damages to the University of Virginia and former professor Michael Mann in a case that involved Mann’s emails regarding climate change.

The court’s recent order only states the amount of damages that the Energy & Environmental Legal Institute must pay. It doesn’t provide details about the rationale behind the award…

Craig Richardson, the institute’s executive director, said the award’s amount shows the case was not frivolous and that the court saw little damage done to either U.Va. or Mann.

“The court saw this as a balancing act between the privacy of research and the public’s right to know,” Richardson told the newspaper.

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