U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle split up a hefty age discrimination case against six law schools on Friday, allowing four of the schools to continue proceedings in their home states.
The former state attorney general of North Dakota, Nicholas Spaeth, sued six different law schools that he applied for jobs at in July 2011, accusing them and their officers of violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act by not offering him a tenure track position. The suit seeks to force each school to offer him a tenure track position and compensate him for future lost wages.
Judge Huvelle granted four defendants their motions to sever claims from the case and be transferred, Thomson Reuters reports. Michigan State University, University of Missouri, University of California and University of Iowa will now all defend the allegations in their own districts. Georgetown University and the University of Maryland remain before Judge Huvelle’s court in the District of Columbia.
"The Court concludes that the balance of convenience of the parties and witnesses are in favor of transferring" the claims, Judge Huvelle wrote in her decision. She made no ruling on the merits of the case.