The story “Institute dismisses Rolling Mill suit against CEDC” (Dec. 19 Times-News, Page 1A) does not explain why the Institute for Justice (IJ) dismissed its lawsuit under Maryland’s Public Information Act (MPIA).
In July 2016, IJ requested public records from the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) regarding the Rolling Mill redevelopment project. The CEDC claimed it was a private entity that was exempt from the MPIA, but said it would produce the records. It never did.
In January 2017, IJ requested the Letter of Intent that the CEDC had just signed with the developer, Cumberland Gateway Real Estate LLC. The CEDC again refused to produce these public records.
In March 2017, IJ sued under the MPIA to make these records — about a public redevelopment project — available to the public. After IJ sued, the CEDC turned over the public records we had requested. Once we obtained those records, we dismissed the lawsuit.
Dan Alban, attorney
Institute for Justice