Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fact/opinion distinction revives Mehta suit against Ohio University

Bhavin Mehta's defamation suit against Ohio University is back in business.

AP reported on 20 July 2011:

An Ohio Court of Claims judge threw out Mehta's lawsuit in 2009 when he ruled the report amounted to opinions that were protected speech under the Ohio Constitution. The Athens Messenger reports the appeals court disagreed this week and overturned the earlier decision, saying the report's findings were presented as fact and not opinion.

The underlying events relate to plagiarism within theses at Ohio University.


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