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Lawsuit over alleged retaliation involving Amy Chua case dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from two Yale law students who say they faced retaliation from the university after refusing to make a statement against Amy Chua, Reuters reports.

Sierra Stubbs and Gavin Jackson, referred to in the lawsuit as Jane and John Doe, sued Yale in 2021. According to Inside Higher Ed, they claimed Heather Gerken, dean; Ellen M. Cosgrove, associate dean; and Yaseen Eldik, director of diversity, equity and inclusion threatened them into participating in a “vendetta” against Chua.

Amy Chua and her husband Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld were investigated in 2018 after reports that they advised female students to dress and look a certain way to attain clerkships for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Yale Daily News. At the time Kavanaugh was facing sexual assault allegations amidst his Supreme Court nomination.

According to Inside Higher Ed, allegations surfaced in 2019, accusing Chua of hosting too many dinner parties with alcohol present. She entered into a no-socialization agreement that year.

Stubbs and Jackson say they were the subjects of a dossier that sought to prove Chua hosted students at her home in the Spring of 2021, Reuters reports. They refused to confirm the contents of the dossier.

The plaintiffs say their lack of cooperation prompted administrators to pressure a professor into rejecting them for a research opportunity.

Judge Sarah Merriam of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut dismissed most of the claims in October 2022, Reuters reports. The case was dismissed on Monday, September 11.

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