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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the University of New Mexico Foundation must release records related to a naming rights agreement.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Judge Nancy Franchini issued the ruling Thursday, stating the foundation was subject to the state’s public records laws as it acts on behalf of a public entity.

Independent journalist Daniel Libit had sued the foundation over its failure to produce records related to the naming agreement for the university’s basketball arena.

The foundation, which serves as the fundraising arm for the university, had claimed it was not subject to public records laws because it is a private entity.

Foundation general counsel Pat Allen says they don’t agree with the decision, but they respect the court. He says the foundation will consider its options.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,