Florida Court Finds Confidentiality Agreement Does Not Preclude Release under Florida’s Public Records Act

The Associated Press v. Florida State University Board of Trustees, Case No: 09-CA-2298 (Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, August 28, 2009) stems from allegations of academic misconduct against Florida State University’s (FSU) athletic program in March 2007.  Upon becoming aware of the allegations, FSU conducted a comprehensive investigation and reported its findings to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  In turn, the NCAA issued a Notice of Allegations to FSU, and conducted a hearing with respect to the allegations in October 2008.  In March 2009, the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions imposed various penalties against FSU, including vacating certain past wins.  In response, FSU hired GrayRobinson, a Florida law firm, for representation on appeal.