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Thu Jul 21, 2016, 03:10 AM

State court throws out Jon Waters defamation suit by marching band director against Ohio State

The Ohio Court of Claims on Tuesday ruled that Ohio State University did not defame former marching-band director Jonathan Waters when it fired him in July 2014 for failing to adequately address a "sexualized culture" in the nationally known band program.

The decision dismisses Waters' defamation suit, but it doesn't end his legal actions against the university. A separate lawsuit, alleging that he didn't receive due process in his firing and suffered gender discrimination, remains in federal court.

David Axelrod, an attorney who initially represented Waters in both cases, said Wednesday he and other attorneys on the team have asked to be withdrawn from the federal case. The state Court of Claims website indicates that Waters' former attorneys already had withdrawn from that case.

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/07/20/One_Waters_lawsuit_against_Ohio_State_thrown_out.html

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