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Judge tosses $50M suit against Pennsylvania higher ed system

April 30, 2019 GMT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has tossed a former state university administrator’s $50 million lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s higher education agency, saying his claims of discrimination and defamation are too old.

Isaac Sanders, who is black, claims he suffered a “public lynching” when East Stroudsburg University fired him more than a decade ago following an investigation into sexual misconduct claims made by several students. The students later sued Sanders, who prevailed at a 2014 civil trial.

Sanders filed suit last year against the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, claiming the agency ruined his reputation.

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U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo ruled on April 17 that Sanders’ claims fall outside the two-year statute of limitations. He gave Sanders permission to file an amended suit.

Sanders’ attorney, Harry Coleman, did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.