5-judge appeal panel in Newcomb suit

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Posted: Sep 21, 2010 5:15 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: court, appeal, Tulane University, Newcomb College, Hurricane Katrina, closed

A state appeal court will hear arguments today for Tulane University to reopen Newcomb College, which closed in restructuring 11 months after Hurricane Katrina.

In July, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal split on whether to overturn or modify a district judge's decision that Tulane was free to use money from Josephine Newcomb's will however it wanted.

During her life, Newcomb gave Tulane money to open a women's college in honor of her late daughter.

She willed it most of her estate.

One will said Tulane had to use her money for Newcomb College, but her final will said only that she trusted the university to do so.

A district judge ruled last year that meant Tulane wasn't legally required to keep the college open.

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