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NICKNAME LAWSUIT DROPPED
OXFORD, Ohio -- The plaintiffs who sued Miami University in
February to stop the planned change of the school's athletic nickname have
dismissed their suit.
During a status conference with Butler Common Pleas Court Judge Matthew J.
Crehan, lawyers for the plaintiffs filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss their
Miami had filed a motion last month asking the court to dismiss the
"Obviously I am pleased, but at the same time I want to emphasize that we
hold no ill will toward the alumni who filed this suit," said Miami President
James Garland. "They were and continue to be good supporters of Miami and our
"The voluntary dismissal is welcomed not only because it saves us money
but also because it is another step toward laying to rest the emotional debate
over the team nickname."
The trustees voted last September to drop the use of the name Redskins and
charged Dr. Garland with creating a process to find a replacement. This action
came after the Miami Tribe in July said it could no longer support use of the
The lawsuit was filed Feb. 5 by attorney Robert Croskery on behalf of 13
people, including nine Miami alumni. It charged, among other things, that
"clandestine" actions of Miami officials caused plaintiffs to suffer "mental
anguish" and "loss of the enjoyment of life" and claimed trustees pressured
Miami Tribe members to withdraw their support for the name.
The suit asked for temporary and permanent restraining orders against the
university two days before the trustees were to meet to consider a replacement
for Redskins. The orders were not granted.
At the February meeting, President Garland recommended RedHawks as a new
nickname. Trustees voted to consider the matter further, and at their April 18
meeting, voted to accept RedHawks effective July 1.