Birmingham Airport Authority asks judge to resolve temporary restraining order

BIRMINGHAM -- Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC, on behalf of the Birmingham Airport Authority, asked a Jefferson County Circuit Judge Friday to dissolve the temporary restraining order that restrains BAA from refusing to produce or further delay records requested by Alabama Media Group.

The Authority has maintained communication with AMG's lawyers regarding their requests and immediately made more records available on Wednesday, April 17, in addition to other documents that have been consistently released. Representatives of AMG failed to come and view or retrieve the information, even though they were invited through their attorneys to do so.

The Airport Authority's attorneys have said that AMG has not been irreparably harmed by the on-going production of applicable public records.

In its motion to dissolve, lawyers argued that "BAA's timely response to Plaintiff shows that it takes seriously its obligations to comply with Alabama's Open Records Act. However, BAA must also balance its duty to be transparent against the administrative protections within the same law."

The Authority and its legal counsel continue to request that its general contractor and architect release information they have regarding the design and construction of the flight display cabinets, such as the one that fell on March 22 on the Bresette family.{} The attorneys for the BAA have served witness subpoenas on Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC Global joint venture, KPS Group architects and The Birmingham News/AMG to testify at a hearing on April 24.

There are serious questions about whether the "Birmingham Airport Authority, by law, can release these documents, because they are limited by copyright protections, restricted by federal and state laws, or are not in the BAA files," attorneys for BAA said in a hearing on Friday, April 19. "The Authority is bound to follow the law on these issues and not to pick and choose what information it releases in order to cater to media requests."

The Birmingham Airport Authority is committed to transparency in all of its processes and is committed to providing the best facilities for the public it serves.

Source:{} Birmingahm Airport Authority media release