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Last updated 10:08PM ET
July 22, 2018
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Former OU professor accuses school of slander
(WOUB) - A former Ohio University professor goes to court today to try to prove that he was slandered by the university when it fired him for his role in a plagiarism scandal.

Bhavin Mehta takes his case before a state Court of Claims judge.

The trial is expected to last all this week.

Mehta taught in the School of Engineering when several students were accused of cheating and he was held responsible for his role as an advisor.

He contends he was made a scape-goat.

Mehta has already beaten O-U once -- in a case he took before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

The Commission found probable cause that the university acted unlawfully.

O-U is appealing.
Mehta's attorney is Fred Gittes.

He says the Court of Claims will first decide whether his client was defamed...and then, if he was, go into a second phase of the trial to determine damages.
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