Category: Marino v. University of Florida

Negotiation is Over - Florida

NIO Florida Exclusive: Horrific pictures from Inside UF’s Monkey Labs


In October of 2010, the University of Florida refused to comply with Florida State statues and provide the public with documentation about their primate experiments.

In December of 2011, activists won a lawsuit against the University of Florida in Alachua Circuit Court. Judge Martha Ann Lott ordered veterinary records to be released. The Judge failed, however, to order UF to disclose the location of their enslaved primates. Our appeal on this issue will be heard over the summer.

First Victory of 2012: NIO Wins Lawsuit Against the University of Florida

by Camille Marino

The University of Florida has refused to disclose public records documenting their experiments on primates since our request was initiated in October 2010. In response to a subsequent formal lawsuit that we filed, on Decmber 30, 2011, the Court ruled that the university must hand over the records to us by 4:22 pm on January 3, 2012.

This is our first small, but very significant, victory of the new year….

Our attorney, Marcy I. LaHart, submitted a cohesive argument citing the Florida statutes in which “public records” and exemptions are defined as well as presenting case law and precedents supporting our position. Having failed to comply with the “sunshine laws” governing our request for over a year, counsel representing UF, Courtney Grimm was unable to offer any relevant defense of the university’s noncompliance. Rather, she attempted to put NIO Florida activists on trial. She cited injunctions against me, trespass violations against Lisa Grossman and me, threats that were never made, arrests that never happened…. She continued to build her case by offering

Letter from Inside UF: Janine Sikes Warns Alumni of Anti-Vivisection Extremists

UF Public Relations Director Janine Sikes

by NIO Florida

In response to the systematic blackening of all transparency in conjunction with a stonewall of silence constructed by the animal-murdering administration at the University of Florida over the last year and a half, we decided that it is time to take the facts directly to the global network of their Alumni Association… the “Gator Nation.” Upon initiating this prong of the campaign several weeks ago, an ally within the administration forwarded to us a letter from Public Relations Shill Janine Sikes that was immediately sent to Gator Clubs warning of NIO extremists. read more

UF ordered to provide records or explain reason

Update: As of December 1, UF has officially defied a court order to turn over records documenting experiments on primates performed in their labs.

by Nathan Crabbe (Gainesville Sun)

A Gainesville judge has ordered the University of Florida to comply with an animal rights activist’s public records request or explain its reason for withholding the records.

Camille Marino of Wildwood, founder of the animal rights group Negotiation is Over, sued UF last month for failing to produce records on 33 primates involved in research. Marino had initially been asked to pay $566.54 for the records, but the university later provided only one redacted purchasing report and refunded the money. read more

Animal rights activist sues UF over public records

by Nathan Crabbe (Gainesville Sun)

An animal rights activist has sued the University of Florida for denying a public records request for information on research involving primates.

Camille Marino, a Wildwood-based activist with the group Negotiation is Over, sued the university last week in an Alachua County circuit court. She made a request last fall for records on 33 non-human primates mentioned in a federal inspection report of UF research facilities.

She was asked to pay $566.54 for the records, but UF later provided just one redacted purchasing report for six primates and refunded the money. read more

UF Denies Public Information Request

=&0=& In accordance with Florida state “sunshine laws,” on October 22, I submitted a public information request to the University of Florida concerning 33 nonhuman primates imprisoned in their labs. They responded with a breakdown of the records and costs involved and payment was promptly remitted. Nearly two months after this exercise began, on December 17, I received a telephone call advising me that the documents were ready. The following afternoon I picked up an envelope from campus police containing a refund check and the University’s refusal to release the public records. I am unprepared to elaborate on this issue at the moment. However, the five-page package that I received may be viewed HERE.

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