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Woodward Industrial Foundation lawsuit dismissed

A district judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Woodward Industrial Foundation in an effort to keep from having to comply with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act and Open Records Act.
by Randy Ellis Modified: January 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm •  Published: January 26, 2013
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“Given the fiercely competitive nature of its business (the business of economic development and recruitment), WIF must keep the majority of its business activities confidential,” the foundation argued. “The WIF cannot operate effectively, nor can it continue to provide effective services under its contract with the city, unless it enjoys the privacy and discretion that is expected from its business contacts.”

It could not be determined whether an appeal is planned. LaVern Phillips, president of the Woodward Industrial Foundation, and Cody Hodgden, the foundation's attorney, did not return telephone calls Friday.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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