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Court: UW must turn over notes to animal rights group

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says an animal rights group is entitled a University of Wisconsin System animal experimentation oversight committee’s meeting notes.

A Dane County judge ruled last year that the Animal Legal Defense Fund wasn’t entitled to 10 documents created during an Animal Care and Use Committee meeting in March 2014. The judge said the documents were notes prepared for the originator’s personal use and therefore not subject to the state’s open records law.

The 4th District Court of Appeals reversed that ruling Thursday. The court found the documents are notes but they were shared among UW employees to create the meeting’s minutes and therefore weren’t prepared for their creators’ personal use.

The state Justice Department represented UW. DOJ spokesman Johnny Koremenos says agency attorneys are reviewing the decision.

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