Report on Research Compliance: Group to Request Rehearing in U.Va. Case, Expand Pursuit of Researchers’ Emails

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Theresa Defino, Editor
Report on Research Compliance

Although the University of Virginia (U.Va.) recently won a case protecting a climate scientist’s emails, the ruling is binding only in the commonwealth, and the organization that filed suit plans to keep peppering universities around the country with similar requests under state open records laws.

The Supreme Court of Virginia’s April 12 ruling upheld a trial court finding that the emails of climatologist Michael Mann, who was with U.Va. from 1998 to 2005, were excluded from release because they qualified as “proprietary” under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Mann is currently a professor of meteorology and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State.

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