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College professor filed defamation lawsuit against student

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A three-day trial is set to begin September 15th in a civil suit filed by a U-W Whitewater professor, who said a student took cheap shots at her on a Web site that rates college instructors.

Communications professor Sally Vogl-Bauer claims that Anthony Llewellyn defamed her character, when he posted accusatory videos and comments on a professor-rating site. Llewellen told the Janesville Gazette he spoke with Vogl-Bauer in April about various concerns, two months before he was told he flunked her class. His online comments accused the instructor of criticizing his academic abilities, giving him an unfair grade, and causing him to drop out of school.

Llewellen said he was simply using the Web site's opportunity to alert other potential students to his experience. Vogl-Bauer's lawyer said the comments could be especially damaging to a person in a smaller town, where the university is by far the main employer.

The suit seeks punitive damages, plus the professor's legal costs. A hearing on pre-trial requests is set for June 23rd in Walworth County.

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