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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, October 09, 2009

AveWatch: Rice, Gordon Comment on AMSL Lawsuit

AveWatch has the exclusive reactions from Charles Rice, Deborah Gordon, and 2 Ave Maria professors on the Ave Maria School of Law lawsuit. Fascinating.

In particular, I liked this comment from Gordon, the counsel for plaintiffs, which raises a point I did not realize as to why the settlement was a greater victory than a jury verdict at trial:
In addition, this was a complete and total victory. Our team could think of nothing our clients could get at trial they did not obtain with this settlement. Yes, a trial would have been extremely revealing and would shed more public light on the claims. But our clients could not have had tenure restored, and their names and records cleared with a trial – we had no way of obtaining injunctive relief. So, the settlement provided the opportunity to correct an injustice by reversing all of the laughable and illegal wrongs that were done, in addition to the monetary relief. It was very important to us to have the AMSL Board set the record straight. I felt the evidence in this case was overwhelming and would not have hesitated to go to trial if I thought the result would have been better.