The Supreme Court of Virginia today ruled in favor of the University of Virginia (U.Va.) in its attempt to protect researchers and their work from unwarranted access through the commonwealth’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The unanimous decision in the case American Tradition Institute v. the University of Virginia is the latest development in the university’s effort to protect various documents and emails relating to former U.Va. Professor Michael Mann’s climate change research, which was subject to attack by various activist organizations.
In a statement, ACE President Molly Corbett Broad said the decision “supports the process whereby academic researchers brainstorm, debate, criticize and refine scientific hypotheses, a key point we argued in court documents filed in support of the University of Virginia.”
For more details, see the ACE website.