NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge in Connecticut has rejected a bid by Yale University to throw out a lawsuit filed by a South Korean university that claims it lost millions of dollars after Yale damaged its reputation.

Dongguk University claims in the 2008 lawsuit that it hired a professor after Yale wrongly confirmed the professor earned a doctorate at the New Haven school. Court papers say the professor, Shin Jeong-ah, later had a scandalous love affair with an aide to South Korea’s president.

Dongguk says it lost more than $50 million in government grants, alumni donations and costs for a law school that was rejected because of the scandal.

A federal judge on Friday rejected most of Yale’s motion for summary judgment.

A trial is scheduled for June.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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