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Judge dismisses Curtis Blackwell lawsuit against ex-Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, other school officials

A decision has been reached in the lawsuit filed by former Michigan State football staffer Curtis Blackwell, and it wasn’t the one he was hoping for.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff dismissed Blackwell’s suit against former coach Mark Dantonio, Lou Anna Simon and former athletic director Mark Hollis.

After leaving Michigan State after his contract expired, he filed suit against Dantonio, Simon and Hollis as well as two members of the Michigan State Police Department, alleging that he was wrongfully arrested and covered up a sexual complaint against three members of the football team – Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance.

His lawsuit claimed breach of contract, violation of Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act for race discrimination and wrongful termination, wrongful termination against public policy, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“It’s justice done,” Thomas Kienbaum, an attorney for Dantonio, Simon and Hollis said. “What these people did to these defendants is just not what our system contemplates. These two judges recognized that and it’s an appropriate disposition.”

However, Blackwell’s suit against the members of the Michigan State Police Department for unlawful arrest will be allowed to continue.

– – Quotes via Matt Wenzel of MLive Link – –

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