“UCLA’s media relations division did not provide a comment on the lawsuit despite repeated requests this week.”
We have covered the story of Gordon Klein. Who can blame him for wanting damages in this case?
The College Fix reports:
UCLA prof suspended after refusing lenient grading for black students demands $19 million-plus in damages
A professor who sued UCLA after he was suspended in the wake of the George Floyd-Black Lives Matter riots after refusing a request to grade black students leniently will soon get his day in court.
UCLA accounting lecturer Gordon Klein is demanding well over $19 million in damages in a lawsuit scheduled to go to trial March 4 in a Santa Monica courthouse.
The causes of action to be hashed out next month are breach of contract, retaliation, false light, and negligent interference with prospective earnings.
Klein’s attorney, Steve Goldberg, told The College Fix in a telephone interview this week the lion’s share of damages are based on the estimated loss of Klein’s expert witness practice income.
“That practice went to ashes right after he was suspended,” said Goldberg with the law firm
Markun, Zusman & Compton.
UCLA’s media relations division did not provide a comment on the lawsuit despite repeated requests this week.
Klein, who joined the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1981, continues to teach as a full-time lecturer there. But his lawsuit alleges he made most of his money as a litigation expert.
He has testified, for example, in several high-profile court cases, including Michael Jackson’s wrongful death, Apple’s acquisition of Dr. Dre’s Beats headphones, and the valuation of General Motors’ assets in bankruptcy.
“He was one of the top damages experts in the country who was historically bringing in well over $1 million dollars a year and trending upwards when it happened,” Goldberg said.
Klein’s lawsuit alleges the controversy and bad press that surrounded him in June 2020 made him untouchable as a litigation expert.
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