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Indiana APRA Required City to Disclose Settlement Agreement in Civil Action

Counsel for the city of Knightstown, Indiana negotiated a settlement agreement between the city and a female police dispatcher who sued the city and its police department for sexual harassment. A newspaper, called the Knightstown Banner (Banner), requested a copy of the agreement, pursuant to the state Access to Public Records Act (APRA), Ind. Code § 5-14-3-1 et seq. The city refused, claiming that it didn’t have a copy of the document. The Banner sued for disclosure in state court. The court dismissed, and the Banner appealed.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Indiana, 4th District, found that the settlement agreement was disclosable under the APRA, and that, if the city hadn’t kept a copy of it, it was required to purchase one to satisfy the Banner’s disclosure request. Thus, the trial court was reversed and the case remanded. See: Knightstown Banner, LCC v. Town of Knightstown, 838 N.E.2d 1127 (2005).

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