Judge denies UI motion in Jones’ suit

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 18, 2010 7:30 AM

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A judge has denied the UI’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former vice president for Student Services.

Phillip Jones sued the UI, President Sally Mason, and the state Board of Regents in June 2009, alleging wrongful termination and defamation.

Mason fired Jones, along with then-UI General Counsel Marcus Mills, after an investigation criticizing the handling of an alleged sexual assault singled both men out.

Attorneys for the UI filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in July; a hearing was held in November.
Sixth District Judge Douglas Russell decided on Jan. 8 to allow the lawsuit to proceed.

Pretrial arguments are scheduled for Dec. 17, and the trial is set to begin Jan. 10, 2011.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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