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Temple University Must Answer Doctor’s Defamation Claims

July 13, 2020, 2:03 PM

A former attending physician and medical school professor fired from Temple University for alleged sexual harassment may proceed on defamation claims because it wasn’t clear the accusations made against him were immune from liability, a federal court in Pennsylvania said.

Temple, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University Hospital, and two physicians didn’t show that the allegations against Michael Weinik were reported for a privileged reason, such as spurring an investigation and hearing into his conduct, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said July 10. The court refused to dismiss the claims.

In 2015, Temple’s medical...

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