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Yale Lawsuit Dismissed; Students to Appeal

In a ruling issued July 31, 1998, U.S. District Court Judge Alfred V. Covello dismissed a lawsuit brought by Jewish students against Yale University seeking a ruling that the University's on-campus housing policy is discriminatory and illegal. [A copy of the original Complaint and the students' brief opposing dismissal of the case may be found in the "Legal Briefs" section of Jewish Law.] Judge Covello ruled that the school policy did not impair the students' rights to practice their religion and did not violate federal housing or antitrust laws. According to the ruling, "The [students] could have opted to attend a different college or university if they were not satisfied with Yale's housing policy."

Nathan Lewin, the Washington, D.C. attorney representing the students, said in a prepared statement that the students would file an appeal.

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