Education Case Update

Decision by Illinois Appeals Court overturning the lower court’s dismissal of a professor’s free speech and defamation claims. The plaintiff, a tenured professor at Northeastern Illinois University, brought a defamation suit alleging retaliation for her activism on campus. The university did not dispute any elements of the defamation claim and the court found that it failed to meet its burden of proof that the plaintiff’s case was a SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation). This ruling allows the plaintiff to pursue her initial lawsuit against the university in federal court.

Capeheart v. Terrell