Lawsuit filed over memo
By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Shepherd College professor has filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County Circuit Court against another Shepherd College instructor over a memo written about her.
Joyce Webb, an associate professor of communications, is seeking $100,000 in punitive and compensatory damages against Farrell Coy, chairman of the Shepherd College Division of Arts and Humanities.
Webb was the chairwoman of the communications department until November 1996, according to the lawsuit filed Nov. 5.
"In order to justify seizing control of the department of communications, Farrell Coy, in a memo written and published by him in November 1996, recklessly, maliciously or intentionally defamed Webb," the lawsuit alleges.