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Federal judge rules Rodriguez lawsuit belongs in West Virginia court

Updated: February 11, 2008, 2:00 PM ET
Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The lawsuit over a $4 million buyout clause in the contract of former West Virginia University football coach Rich Rodriguez will be heard in state court.

WVU is essentially an arm of state government, not an independent agency, and lawsuits involving state government can be heard only in the state court system, U.S. District Judge John P. Bailey said Monday.

He sent the case back to Monongalia County Circuit Court in Morgantown, where it was filed Dec. ...

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