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Court: Louisiana College lawsuit religious debate

3 years 4 days 6 hours ago November 29, 2013 Nov 29, 2013 Friday, November 29 2013 November 29, 2013 11:30 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

PINEVILLE - The state appeal court in Lake Charles has dismissed a lawsuit brought by four former professors against Louisiana College, saying it's a religious debate rather than a legal matter.

The Town Talk reports that the ruling Nov. 6 affirmed a judge's ruling last year.

College President Joe Aguillard says it's over unless the plaintiffs appeal the ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Plaintiff James Heath of Dry Prong referred a query Friday from The Associated Press to attorney Victor Sooter, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Heath, Carlton Winbery, Frederick Downing and Connie Douglas claim the college defamed them and violated their academic freedom.

The lawsuit was filed eight years ago.

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