Lawyer awarded fees in Davenport open records case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Davenport school district must pay an additional $5,903 in attorney fees in a lawsuit in which the courts have found the district violated the state’s open records law.

The Iowa Court of Appeals says in a Wednesday ruling the district owes Coralville attorney David Roston additional money for representing the parents of a student in the district who sought documents in 2010.

School officials initially failed to comply with the request and a judge found they violated the open records law. The court denied damages but awarded attorney fees of just over $9,600. Appeals continued and Roston sought additional fees but they were denied in district court.

The Appeals Court orders the additional money to be paid.

The district’s attorney says officials are disappointed and disagree with the decision.

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