Ohio court: Public market’s rents are trade secret

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a popular public market in Cincinnati doesn’t have to reveal how much its vendors pay for rent.

In a 7-0 ruling Wednesday, the court found that vendor rents at Findlay Market are a trade secret and revealing them would put the market at a competitive disadvantage with other property managers.

The ruling stems from an appeal of a lawsuit filed by Kevin Luken, a Cincinnati attorney and the brother of a meat and fish vendor at the market.

Luken had sought lease agreements at the market in a public records request with the city, but rental amounts were blacked out in the city’s response.

It’s unclear why Luken was seeking the figures. He did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.

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