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Judge dismisses wrongful termination suit against UB

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a former University at Buffalo Law School dean of perjury and for years divided faculty at the school.

The suit by Jeffrey Malkan, 62, a former law school instructor, claimed former Dean Makua W. Mutua wrongfully terminated Malkan and then lied under oath about it. Malkan also claims Mutua ruined his career by repeatedly defaming him in court documents.

U.S. District Judge Michael A. Telesca of Rochester, in a recent ruling, found Malkan was properly terminated after his three-year appointment at UB was complete. In ruling against Malkan, Telesca adopted the recommendations of U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.

Malkan's suit helped fuel an internal rift at the law school that ultimately led to a near vote of no confidence against Mutua and an internal review that painted a portrait of a deeply divided institution.

Mutua, a Harvard Law graduate and internationally known human rights activist, later resigned as dean but stayed on as a faculty member.


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