The Ohio Supreme Court has awarded a partial victory to The Cleveland Clinic in the case to keep its Beachwood clinic exempt from property taxes. The case, which has been going on for nearly five years, has culminated in a potential debt of nearly $8 million for the Clinic, of which approximately $4.7 million would be payable to the Beachwood School District. In 2002, the Clinic requested a property tax exemption on its Cedar Avenue building, which Beachwood schools opposed. Ohio’s tax commissioner agreed with the school’s position that the Clinic was giving little or no charity care at that facility and therefore should pay property taxes. The Clinic appealed to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals and argued that the information requested should not be open to the public because it contained trade secrets. The Board, which ordered the Clinic to produce the documents, said that the Clinic’s information would be confidential while the case is pending, but the Board did not rule on whether information would remain confidential during the hearing. However, the Supreme Court, while not deciding whether any of the documents should be classified as trade secrets, said that the determination should be made by the Tax Appeals Board. The Clinic is “pleased that the Court supported [its] position and recognized the importance of maintaining confidentiality of nonprofit organizations’ proprietary information in legal proceedings.” The Clinic now will work with the Board to resolve the real estate tax exemption issue. It contends its suburban centers should be tax-exempt because they are owned by the nonprofit hospital, and medical education and research are conducted there.