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Protective order granted in Bev Kearney case

Posted May 27th, 2014

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A state district judge granted a protective order Tuesday, allowing for the University of Texas to keep confidential any student records that may be part of discovery documents generated by the Bev Kearney discrimination case filed against the school.

Kearney, the former Longhorn women’s track coach, is suing UT for $1 million, saying she was wrongly terminated for a decade-old affair the athletic department first discovered in 2012. Kearney was forced to resign, Dec. 28, 2012. She filed suit against UT last November.

Jody Mask, one of Kearney’s lawyers, said there has been no talk of a settlement. Derek Howard, another Kearney lawyer, told the American-Statesman that settlement discussions remain a “possiblity down the road. It’s not even an issue at this point. We’ll see them in court.”

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After an hour-long hearing, Judge Orlinda Naranjo issued the order. She also took under advisement UT’s plea for jurisdiction that would’ve dismissed any claims of damages occurring prior to September, 2012.

This is a developing story.

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