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Attorneys in a gender and age discrimination lawsuit at St. Bonaventure University spent about 40 minutes in legal arguments Friday before U.S. District Richard J. Arcara.

Eleven former tenured professors, all men over 40 years old, claim the university discriminated against them when they fired them in 1994, while retaining a number of women and younger professors. The professors were let go during a university budget crunch.

Attorneys for the fired professors told Arcara that their evidence is so strong he should grant summary judgment in the case and order them reinstated to their jobs. Attorneys for the university said the case should go to trial before any determinations are made. Arcara reserved judgment after Friday's argument.

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