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Olshan Secures Victory for Pro Bono Client Animal Rescue + Freedom Project Relating to Animal Testing

February 1, 2019

Olshan litigation partner Renee Zaytsev and Olshan litigation associate Katelyn Patton secured a victory for pro bono client Animal Rescue + Freedom Project (f/k/a The Beagle Freedom Project (“BFP”)) in a suit against The State University of New York at Stony Brook.  The proceeding sought records pursuant to New York’s Freedom of Information Law pertaining to a dog known as “Quinn” that was being used by the University as a research subject.  Prior to the commencement of the proceeding, Stony Brook had produced only five pages of heavily redacted documents.  Stony Brook subsequently produced additional documents, which were also heavily redacted.

In a Decision and Order dated January 14, 2019, the Hon. Paul J. Baisley, Jr. found that “a substantial amount of the redactions” were improper and that Stony Brook “had no reasonable basis for denying petitioners access to the records.”  It thus found BFP to have “substantially prevailed” in the proceeding.  The court directed Stony Brook to produce “a complete copy of all of the documents” to BFP and to pay BFP’s reasonable attorneys’ fees.

Olshan handled the matter pro bono. View the decision here.

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