Dongguk Uni. Sues Yale for Shin Scandal Blunder

    March 26, 2008 07:35

    The so-called Shin Jeong-ah scandal has led to an international legal dispute between Dongguk University and Yale University.

    Attorney Robert Weiner of U.S. law firm McDermott Will & Emery on Tuesday said he filed a civil lawsuit with the Connecticut District Court against Yale University on Monday morning (local time), on behalf of Dongguk University, seeking damages of at least US$50 million.

    In the lawsuit, Dongguk claims that Yale damaged the Korean university's reputation with a fax that falsely confirmed that Shin received a doctoral degree from Yale.

    The U.S. university sent the fax to Dongguk in September 2005 in reply to a request for confirmation of Shin's degree. But in July 2007, after the Shin scandal came to a head, Yale claimed that the fax message was a forgery.

    Because of these contradictory messages from Yale, the public wrongly believed that Dongguk had never checked Shin's degree and had tried to cover this up with forged documents, Dongguk claims.

    On Nov. 29, 2007, Susan Carney, the deputy general counsel of Yale's Office of General Counsel, sent an e-mail to Dongguk admitting that it had made a mistake by sending the fax that verified Shin's degree, and had neglected to check if the degree was valid.

    Dongguk's counsel Weiner claims that although Yale later admitted its mistakes and apologized, Dongguk University's reputation was so seriously damaged that it can't be restored with just an apology.

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