Ludlow’s Defamation Suit Dismissed


Judge John P. Callahan of the Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court has dismissed Peter Ludlow’s defamation lawsuit against a Northwestern University undergraduate who had accused him of sexual assault (previously; related material here). Ludlow’s lawsuit claimed that “the student knowingly made false statements to news media and Northwestern professors after [Ludlow] rebuffed her sexual advances.”  In response, the undergraduate submitted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. In considering such a motion, the judge asks whether the plaintiff has a case if the allegations he or she makes are viewed in a way most favorable to the plaintiff. If the answer is no, the suit is dismissed, as it was here. Ludlow was granted 28 days to file an amended complaint.

(There are currently no news stories about this case; this post is based on the Case Management Order.)

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