It is going to be interesting to see how this trial turns out:
A federal judge in Connecticut has rejected a second bid by Yale University to throw out all the allegations in a lawsuit filed by a South Korean university that claims it lost tens of millions of dollars after Yale damaged its reputation.
Dongguk University claims in the 2008 lawsuit that it hired an art history professor after Yale wrongly confirmed the professor earned a doctorate at the New Haven school. Court papers say the professor, Shin Jeong-ah, later had a scandalous love affair with an aide to South Korea’s president.
Dongguk, a Buddhist-affiliated university in Seoul, is suing Yale for more than $50 million, saying it lost that amount in government grants, alumni donations and costs of building a law school the government later refused to approve because of the scandal.
U.S. District Judge Tucker Melancon on Friday rejected most of Yale’s motion for summary judgment. While the judge granted Yale’s request to dismiss a civil charge of reckless and wanton conduct, he let stand allegations of defamation and negligence.
A trial is set for June. Yale previously lost a bid to get the lawsuit dismissed.
“We were very pleased with the decision,” said Robert Weiner, a New York City lawyer for Dongguk. “We believe we have lots of damages we can establish at trial.” [ABC News]
For those that don’t know who Shin Jeong-ah is I recommend reading this prior posting about Shin Jeong-ah which like any good scandal has a nude photo controversy as well. The way I look at it is that Dongguk claims they sent a letter to Yale to confirm Shin’s degree and Yale says they didn’t receive it. Why didn’t anyone at Dongguk bother to pick up a phone to call Yale and follow up? By not doing this I think shows that they were not serious about researching her educational background.