Court Says Lab Cleanup Violated Due Process Rights

Law360, New York (November 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- An appellate court has ruled that the University of Texas violated a chemistry professor's due process rights by disposing of his personal belongings during a cleanup of his laboratory and office, which allegedly posed serious health and safety hazards.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled last week that the University of Texas at San Antonio was not protected by the doctrine of qualified immunity as a state entity when it allegedly destroyed the personal property of Philip L. Stotter. The university suspended...
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