In a 60-page complaint, Peter Erlinder has accused William Mitchell College of Law and others of violating his rights by requiring him to take a medical leave of absence and banning him from the WMCL campus and then refusing to reinstate him, thus constructively discharging him. He asserts that he has post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of being imprisoned and threatened with death in Rwanda in 2010. He states claims of breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, defamation, defamation by implication, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act, disability discrimination, retaliation, reprisal, and more. His complaint includes about 1,200 pages of exhibits, many of which are the subject of a motion to strike.
Erlinder filed suit in Ramsey County District Court but the defendants removed the case to federal court. A motion to stike is scheduled for hearing on April 11. Erlinder is represented by Peter Nikitas and the defendants are represented by Michael Wilhelm and Ann Huntrods of Briggs and Morgan.