The University of New Mexico has agreed to settle a lawsuit by paying an independent journalist nearly $30,000 in damages plus attorneys fees, and do a search for the records that had been originally requested.
UNM will be on the hook for about $45,000 total, with most of it going to Daniel Libit, who runs NMfishbowl.com and other news sites. Libit said the terms of the settlement were reached in mediation last year and completed Monday. He provided the Journal a copy of the settlement, which UNM officials didn’t confirm Monday.
The settlement is in response to an Inspection of Public Records Act lawsuit against the university over the way it handled a request for records connected to former Athletics Director Paul Krebs, who has since resigned from UNM and been indicted on felony fraud charges in connection with his time at the university.
“As if UNM needed another lesson about the price of resisting transparency, let this add to that schooling. I intend to plow the entirety of the settlement money into the budget of The Intercollegiate,” Libit said in a statement, referring to a news website about college athletics that he operates. “So, in a delicious paradox, UNM’s obfuscation will now help fund my efforts of illuminating the governance problems with other universities and their athletic departments.”