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Pitt petitions court to dismiss tuition refund case from last spring

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor April 23, 2021
Pitt submitted a document to a federal court on Thursday asking that it dismiss a case from last spring where students were seeking tuition refunds after classes shifted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitt professor sues University

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor January 13, 2021
Norman Wang, a Pitt cardiologist, has filed a federal lawsuit against the University and the American Heart Association. Wang authored a scientific article advocating for race-neutral admission and hiring in cardiology. The AHA later retracted the article due to “inaccuracies, misstatements, and selective misreading of source materials” which “void the paper of its scientific validity.” He was removed this summer as program director of the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship. The lawsuit stated that the University violated Wang’s First Amendment rights and is seeking damages for defamation from UPMC, Pitt, the AHA and several Pitt employees for allegedly claiming Wang misused academic sources. It also asks for Wang to be fully reinstated to his teaching position in the cardiology department. “As a result of defendants’ actions, a cloud also continues to hang over [Wang’s] reputation and, accordingly, his ability to obtain other employment is constrained,” the lawsuit said. The Center for Individual Rights, a nonprofit public interest law firm, will represent Wang. Terry Pell, the center’s president, said the actions taken against Wang should concern anybody concerned about academics and free speech regardless of whether it challenges conventional thinking. “What’s remarkable about this is that he was not punished for an inappropriate joke or an intemperate remark in the classroom, but for publishing a thoroughly researched article in a peer-reviewed journal,” Pell said. Pitt spokesperson Kevin Zwick said the University is aware of the complaint and will respond appropriately. “The University of Pittsburgh took no action against Dr. Wang, and we remain fully committed to advancing the value of academic freedom,” Zwick said. Wang did not respond to a request for comment. The University is also under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for possibly “improperly targeting … a campaign of denunciation and cancellation” against Wang. The department’s Office of Postsecondary Education sent a letter on Oct. 7 to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher stating that the University’s actions against Wang could have violated Title IV of the Civil Rights Act. “It did so solely because his academic paper concluded … ‘Ultimately, all who aspire to a profession in medicine and cardiology must be assessed as individuals on the basis of their personal merits, not their racial and ethnic identities,’” the letter said.
Pitt disability lawsuit settled by mediator

Pitt disability lawsuit settled by mediator

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer April 16, 2020
A mediator resolved a disability lawsuit by a former Pitt employee against the University last month.
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Editorial | Pennsylvania should persist in lawsuit of Purdue Pharma family

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 16, 2019
The state should continue pushing for the lawsuit, and refuse to sign the settlement.
A lawsuit claims that Pennsylvania public school funding is unfair because it relies too heavily on local tax dollars and discriminates against underprivileged districts.

Editorial: Lawsuit could be a step towards equity in Pa. education funding

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 3, 2019
Where the state government has failed to solve the problem of inequity in education funding, this lawsuit could be a step towards a solution.
Ben Shapiro spoke at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Editorial: Proposed YAF lawsuit against Pitt unnecessary, harmful

By The Pitt News Editorial Board November 15, 2018
Pitt levied a $5,546 security fee against YAF for hosting Ben Shapiro — and YAF swiftly threatened to sue the university in response. But the lawsuit would be a completely unnecessary publicity stunt.
Jason Peters worked as Pitt’s assistant wrestling coach for 10 years and head wrestling coach for four years before he and three wrestlers were suspended in January 2017. Peters filed a lawsuit against Pitt in federal court Monday alleging a breach of contract and racial discrimination. (TPN file photo)

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

By Grant Burgman | News Editor June 6, 2018

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters has filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh for racial discrimination and termination without just cause after he was fired last January. In...

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Stormy Daniels performs in Pittsburgh amid national controversy

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief May 16, 2018

Storms have been in Pittsburgh’s forecast ever since spring broke — but May 3 and 4 held a different kind of storm in Downtown’s forecast. The adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name...

WASHINGTON, DC -— Lyle Cracker of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses on Monday, August 22, 2005, a Supreme Court ruling to reject medical use of marijuana. (KRT STAND ALONE PHOTOGRAPH BY CHUCK KENNEDY/KRT)

Editorial: ACLU threatens Harris with strong First Amendment lawsuit

By The Pitt News Editorial Board November 16, 2017

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris somehow manages to regularly get herself into the petty types of quarrels that make Buzzfeed headlines — in April last year, she made local headlines when...

A former Pitt Law student sued the University for allegedly mishandling a Title IX complaint. (Photo by John Hamilton / Managing Editor)

Law student sues Pitt, claiming Title IX complaint was mistreated

By The Pitt News Staff November 13, 2017

  A former Pitt law student has sued the University, claiming Pitt employees mistreated her when they responded to a Title IX complaint she filed. Hannah Rullo filed a lawsuit Oct. 25 in the...

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