Court rules that Busch-Vishniac may proceed with lawsuit

May 27, 2019

A lawsuit filed by former University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac has been allowed to proceed. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports that Busch-Vishniac filed the lawsuit in 2014 against then-Board of Governors members Brad Wall and Rob Norris for interfering in the university’s decision to fire her. The board members requested that Busch-Vishniac’s claim against them be dropped on the grounds that the board cannot be sued for things they do while performing their duties. However, Busch-Vishniac’s lawyer argued that the former board members in this case may be sued because they overreached their roles at the time. Justice Martel Popescul wrote in a decision that lawsuits may only be dismissed if it has no reasonable chance of success. StarPhoenix (SK)