City of Charlotte Wins Lawsuit Over Closed Meeting Controversy -

City of Charlotte Wins Lawsuit Over Closed Meeting Controversy

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The City of Charlotte won a lawsuit filed against them for not holding open meetings on Thursday.

Three former journalists and a political activist filed a lawsuit against city leaders.

The city attorney says the lawsuit stemmed from the fall of 2012, when city leaders held closed sessions about the Panthers negotiations.  

Three former journalists (Ken Koontz, Mike Cooza, and Bruce Bowers) and a political activist (Wayne Powers) filed the lawsuit. Don Brown is the attorney representing them but was not available for comment Thursday.

The city attorney says the four tried to revive a lawsuit that dates back to 1971 when there were closed sessions saying council violated an injunction 40 years back.

A change to the law originally repealed that.

The attorney says last fall, city council was not allowed to have a closed session.

But this week the group(s) met in court, and a judge said council acted within the law while negotiating a deal with the Panthers.

The city attorney says the Panthers are contracted until 2018 to remain in Charlotte. If they leave before the 2022 season, they’ll have to pay the city a portion of their investment.

There is a provision in the law where closed meetings can happen if it’s about location, expansion or taxes.

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