State Supreme Court Backs Secret UConn Lists

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The state Supreme Court has backed the University of Connecticut in its battle against identifying its supporters, ruling that the school may invoke a trade-secret exemption to shield information.

In a decision released Tuesday, the justices voted 7-0 to uphold a lower court ruling siding with UConn. The university said lists naming its donors and other supporters amount to trade secrets that institutions could use to lure away its fans' dollars and loyalty.

The Supreme Court said UConn's ability to recoup costs or reap financial benefits of its work would be undermined by easy access.

University spokesman Mike Kirk said safeguarding certain information is vital to UConn and praised the high court's decision.

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