Lawsuit Against ORU Back In Court


Tuesday, April 1st 2008, 6:26 pm
By: News On 6


The lawsuit against Oral Roberts University by two former professors was back in court on Tuesday. Lawyers for Richard Roberts wanted his name dismissed, but a judge ruled against the former school president.

News On 6 anchor Terry Hood reports Tim and Paulita Brooker have alleged massive fraud at ORU and claimed they were fired when they tried to call attention to it.

In an hour-and-a-half long court hearing on Tuesday at the Tulsa County Court House, lawyers for the school and Richard Roberts asked Judge Rebecca Nightingale to throw out a number of claims made by the Brookers.

The former professors say the university, Dr. Roberts, and a number of other school officials breached their contract when the couple was fired. They also say the same group committed libel and slander in the days after the lawsuit was filed last October.

Judge Nightingale denied a motion to remove Richard Roberts from the lawsuit, but she did dismiss allegations against him that he breached the Brookers' contract.

The judge also removed two other school officials from being sued for breach of contract and she dismissed the charge of libel, saying there was no evidence to support it. The claims of slander, however, were not dismissed.

In addition, the judge removed Oral Roberts Ministries from the lawsuit. She said it was only a trade name and not an actual legal organization.

It's unknown when the case will go to trial. Another pre-trial hearing is scheduled for May.

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