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Virus Trial Protocol Fuels New Fight in Columbia Retirement Suit

Feb. 3, 2021, 7:05 PM

Columbia University trustees and a class of employees challenging the school’s retirement plan are sparring over how to conduct their upcoming trial before a Manhattan federal judge.

The trustees want to submit witness testimony in writing as a health precaution and to avoid further pandemic-induced delays, while the employees decry this move as an attempt to “leverage the pandemic” for strategic advantage.

The trustees’ latest filing, submitted Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, argues that sworn, written testimony is routinely accepted as a means of streamlining trials even during “normal times.” The...

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