Westfield State fighting lawsuit from former President

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The saga revolving around Westfield State University and its former President continued in court on Monday.  22News was in federal court for the hearing.

Westfield State University lawyers are hoping to have a judge dismiss one of the lawsuits filed by its former President.

Lawyers for the University and former President Evan Dobelle stated their case in front of a federal judge for close to two hours on Monday. Dobelle, who was not in the court room, is suing three trustees, the state’s higher education commissioner, the school’s accounting firm and school’s law firm for civil conspiracy among other claims.

Dobelle was first placed on paid leave, before resigning amid allegations of lavish spending. 22News caught up with Ross Garber, Dobelle’s lawyer, after the hearing.

“I think we’ll leave it with what we said in the courtroom,” said Garber.

The judge isn’t expected to make his decision for a couple weeks.  Dobelle also has a breach of contract lawsuit pending in Hampden Superior Court.

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