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Judge Grants Preliminary Approval of $14M Lawsuit Settlement

A federal judge on Wednesday granted preliminary approval of a $14-million settlement in the class action sexual misconduct lawsuit against Dartmouth brought by nine former students who claim the College turned a blind eye to years of allegations against three former psychological and brain sciences professors.

In a 43-page order, Judge Landya McCafferty of the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire wrote that the court will likely approve the proposed settlement and scheduled a hearing on June 25 to help the court determine final approval of the terms.

College spokesperson Diana Lawrence wrote in an email statement that the College is “pleased” the court granted preliminary approval, noting the judge’s recognition that the settlement “would achieve an efficient resolution of the class claims, avoiding unnecessary and duplicative litigation for all parties and the judicial system.”

“We remain grateful for the courage of the plaintiffs who came forward alongside other students to shine a light on the unacceptable environment created by three former faculty members,” Lawrence wrote.

Read the source article at The Dartmouth

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