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Defamation, Tort Claims by Fired Prairie View Hoops Coach Tossed

March 26, 2019, 6:39 PM

Prairie View A&M University’s athletic director won’t face defamation and tort claims brought by a coach she fired over alleged Title IX violations, a Texas appeals court ruled March 26.

Dawn Brown, former coach of Prairie View’s women’s basketball team, failed to establish that she had sued Ashley Robinson in her individual capacity, the Texas Court of Appeals, Fourteenth District, said. State law therefore required the claims be dismissed.

The Texas Tort Claims Act gives governmental entities, including public universities, limited immunity from suit. Plaintiffs must decide when they file whether their suit is against the government, or against an ...