Mich. dental school settles with ex-student

The University of Michigan is dropping an appeal of a $1.7 million verdict awarded to a former student who said she was wrongfully dismissed from the dental school, according to an Associated Press story.

In a court filing, lawyers for Alissa Zwick and four faculty members say they have agreed to settle the case, the AP reported. Details of the settlement were not included in the court filing.

Zwick was awarded $1.7 million in December after a federal jury decided her due process rights were violated and she was unfairly dismissed from the school in 2005.

Zwick was told her performance in clinic was weak and she was not capable of practicing dentistry. In her lawsuit, she claimed she was the victim of infighting between faculty members and the school's associate dean, Marilyn Lantz, D.M.D.

In January, lawyers for Dr. Lantz and the three other defendants filed a motion calling for a new trial and/or reduction in the award.

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