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Ex-Temple business school dean files $25M defamation suit

May 2, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The former dean of Temple University’s business school has filed a $25 million defamation lawsuit against the school and its president for firing him over falsified data submitted to U.S. News & World Report.

Moshe Porat filed the suit on Thursday, alleging he was scapegoated.

Porat was fired after an investigation blamed him for the falsified data about the school’s online MBA program. The program had been ranked No. 1.

In January 2018, the Fox School of Business reported inaccurate data had been submitted to the rankings organization.

The university asked a law firm to review the data-reporting processes.

The firm found the school reported inaccurate data to the publication for multiple years.

As a result, U.S. News & World Report removed the school’s ranking for 2018.

The university says the allegations have no merit.