SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A confidential settlement between Sioux Falls and several contractors over construction defects at the Denny Sanford Premier Center included language that specifically sought to limit what information could be given to the City Council.

The city released the agreement Friday following a South Dakota Supreme Court ruling Thursday.

The city announced the settlement over bulging panels in 2015 but didn’t provide details, citing a confidentiality agreement. Argus Leader Media sued to force its disclosure.

Under the deal, the only information that was supposed to be released to the public and council was that a $1 million settlement had been reached, so councilors were not told who paid what.

The deal also allowed the contractors to review any press releases or statements that would be made to the public or council.

Information from: Argus Leader,