Liberty University sues ex-president Jerry Falwell, Jr., seeking millions in damages

The university accuses him of withholding damaging personal information from school officials while negotiating a lucrative employment agreement for himself, among other allegations.
By: | April 19, 2021

Liberty University is suing former president Jerry Falwell Jr. for millions of dollars, accusing him of withholding damaging personal information from school officials while negotiating a lucrative employment agreement for himself, among other allegations.

The civil suit was filed Thursday in the Lynchburg Circuit Court in Virginia, and alleges breach of contract and fiduciary duty as well as statutory conspiracy. It is seeking $10 million in compensatory damages, which could potentially be tripled under state law, in addition to punitive damages and the return of phones, computers and other property belonging to the school.

In a 74-page complaint, Liberty offered three motivations behind the lawsuit: to recover university property, redress breaches of various fiduciary duties during Falwell’s tenure and recover damages for violations of Virginia’s conspiracy statute.

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