Steven G. Salaita's widely anticipated lawsuit over the University of Illinois's decision to deny him a tenured professorship takes the innovative step of also demanding damages from university donors who pressured its leaders not to hire him.
Along with its expected targets—top campus and university-system administrators, and nearly all of the system's trustees—Mr. Salaita's federal lawsuit names as defendants several as-yet-unidentified donors who threatened to withhold money from the university if it made good on its job offer to him.
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