In 2006, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued Mississippi State University.
It alleged the school violated the Mississippi Public Records Act by denying PETA access to records of dental experiments and other tests on animals conducted since 1999 for Iams.
Iams had argued that the experiments were the company's intellectual property.
Iams said it had made a substantial investment at Mississippi State to develop and protect that property.
PETA said it didn't want trade secrets. PETA said it only wanted to know what happened to the animals at Mississippi State.
PETA claimed Mississippi State wanted an advance fee of $40,497 for the documents it requested. When it reduced the number of pages asked for, PETA claims MSU told them that only 19 of the requested pages would be sent and the cost would be $1,000.