Nolan opening arguments

Defense attorney Bill Nolan delivers an opening argument to the jury in the trial to resolve a lawsuit against Ashland University.

ASHLAND - Ashland University and six of the university's former tenured professors have reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit against the university. 

The agreement will end the civil trial that began in Ashland County Common Pleas Court Wednesday and was expected to continue through next week. 

After opening arguments and about one day of testimony from plaintiffs, Judge Ronald Forsthoefel sent jurors home early Friday. 

The parties reached a settlement deal after 5 p.m. Friday, plaintiff's attorney Leslie Murray confirmed. 

Murray said Friday evening she could not comment further on the terms of the agreement "at this time." A condition of confidentiality is part of the agreement, she said. 

Defense attorney Bill Nolan had not responded to requests for comment at the time this article was published. 

In the lawsuit, the six plaintiffs alleged the university breached their employment contracts by terminating them without cause despite their tenured status. 

The university claimed it was within its rights to terminate employment of the tenured faculty members because the cuts came as part of a "formal restructuring" of departments and programs. 

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