Friday, July 3, 2015
In this case, forgetting is not forgiving
UC San Diego on Thursday sued the University of Southern California and a nationally recognized Alzheimer's disease researcher, saying they illegally conspired to take over a major Alzheimer's study it is running. The lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court through the UC Regents, also names as defendants eight colleagues of the scientist, Dr. Paul Aisen. He left UC San Diego to head a new Alzheimer's institute founded by USC in San Diego, bringing the eight with him. While universities commonly recruit or poach faculty from each other, lawsuits arising from the recruitment are much rarer. This lawsuit says USC and the other defendants went beyond recruitment to commit a variety of illegal acts, including interference with contract, breach of duty of loyalty by employee, commission of computer crimes and civil conspiracy. UC San Diego said it has been deprived of access to data for the Alzheimer's project because of the actions of Aisen and the other defendants.
The university is seeking an unspecified amount of money, to be determined through a jury trial...
Full story at http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/jul/02/ucsd-sues-usc-aisen/
Is this a new level of intercollegiate rivalry?