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HCC Wants to Seal Records in Lawsuit Yet Again

April 14, 2015

The Houston Community College is still trying to keep documents secret in the legal fight it started with its former general counsel.

The Houston Press reports April 14, 2015:

“Houston Community College is attempting to seal internal records in the drawn-out legal battle with the former general counsel the college system fired last year. If this sounds like deja vu, it should. Since early this year, HCC, one of the largest publicly-funded community college systems in the country, has aggressively fought to make sure documents related to its lawsuit against Renee Byas do not make their way into the public eye as the case winds through the courts.”

Lawyers Rusty Hardin, Bob Galatas and Jennifer Brevorka represent Ms. Byas. The thorough Houston Press story ends with this note:

“But there are a few points to keep in mind: Byas didn’t make a peep until HCC sued her in court to invalidate her contract (the college also asked a judge to order her to pay the college’s legal fees); what little has been made public in the case appears to actually bolster some of Byas’s claims; and it’s HCC, a public institution, that’s been fighting to keep records hidden throughout the case, not Byas.”

 

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