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The Latest: Jury backs writer Sparks in employment lawsuit


Added 08-21-19 05:03:02pm EST - “The Latest on a lawsuit by the former headmaster of the school founded by novelist Nicholas Sparks (all times local):” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “The Latest: Jury backs writer Sparks in employment lawsuit”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on a lawsuit by the former headmaster of the school founded by novelist Nicholas Sparks (all times local):

A federal jury has sided with novelist Nicholas Sparks and the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown, dismissing claims by the school’s former headmaster that he was unjustly fired, then slandered by the author.

Jurors spent about three hours Wednesday before deciding that Sparks, his foundation and Epiphany School of Global Studies didn’t injure Saul Hillel Benjamin.

Benjamin sued in 2014, contending he was fired without cause, then defamed when Sparks told a job recruiter and others that Benjamin suffered mental illness.

Sparks and the school are based in New Bern, about 120 miles (195 kilometers) east of Raleigh, where the trial was held.

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