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Friday, April 14, 2006

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit revives lawsuit involving Notre Dame

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday on the 7th Circuit decision involing Notre Dame, the Chicago Tribune reports:

A federal lawsuit alleging that the University of Notre Dame and the U.S. Department of Education used federal money for religious purposes was ordered to proceed Wednesday by a panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

In a 2-1 decision to send the case back to a lower court in Indiana, the panel of judges found that the case was prematurely dismissed without deciding issues such as whether the university appropriately tracked how the money was spent.

The lawsuit sought to prevent Notre Dame from spending the money, but the district court ruled that the issue was moot and threw out the case because Notre Dame already had received and spent the grant.

Without ruling on the merits of the case, the appeals court panel said the money could be returned to the government if the lower court finds in favor of the plaintiffs.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 14, 2006 09:30 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions