Idaho ruling helps clear the way for a controversial University of Phoenix acquisition

The University of Idaho said Wednesday it would move forward with its planned affiliation with the for-profit University of Phoenix in a nearly $700 million deal after a judge dismissed the state attorney general’s lawsuit alleging the deal was done in violation of an open meetings law.

Attorney General Raúl Labrador failed to prove the Board of Regents violated Idaho’s Open Meetings Law when considering the transaction, an Idaho judge ruled Tuesday in dismissing Labrador’s lawsuit.

The university hailed the decision as a victory for both the board’s executive session practices and for access to higher education in Idaho.

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