PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge says the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center can hire a company to copy the contents of the former mayor's computer, in case it contains any information relevant to a civil rights lawsuit the hospital network has pending against the city.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1n9gOSm ) says the vendor must abide by a confidentiality agreement and produce copies of its findings — in sealed, tamper-proof envelopes — to attorneys for the city and UPMC. The attorneys won't be allowed to open the information unless the judge approves it.
The city, under former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, sued challenging UPMC's nonprofit status in state court, seeking to tax otherwise exempt properties. UPMC believes Ravenstahl's city issued computer may contain evidence to bolster UPMC's claim that the tax status lawsuit violated UPMC's civil rights.
Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com