A federal judge refused on Friday to throw out a lawsuit by a South Korean university against Yale University, the Associated Press reports. The suit, filed in 2008, asserts that Yale damaged Dongguk University’s reputation after Yale erroneously confirmed that a professor hired by Dongguk had earned her doctorate at Yale. Following a national scandal over the professor, Dongguk said it had lost $50-million in government grants and alumni donations. The lawsuit argues that Yale attempted to cover up its initial mistake, leading some to believe the South Korean institution itself had created the cover-up, thus bringing shame to Dongguk. Yale admitted to its initial mistake in confirming that the professor held a Yale degree, but said that it had caused no harm to Dongguk.
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