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MN Supreme Court Declines to Hear UMD Coaches' Appeal

Annette Wiles, Jen Banford, and Shannon Miller when they outlined their claims against UMD in 2015. Annette Wiles, Jen Banford, and Shannon Miller when they outlined their claims against UMD in 2015.  |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: December 03, 2019 06:32 PM

The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to hear three former UMD coaches' appeal of their case, which alleged discrimination and retaliation. 

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Women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, softball coach Jen Banford and basketball coach Annette Wiles sued the University of Minnesota-Duluth in federal and state court. However, the claim was not filed in state court until after a jury returned a verdict in a federal case.

UMD argued that the three waited too long to submit the state lawsuit, and District Court Judge Daniel Moreno agreed with the university.

The coaches appealed that decision to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. In September, the appeals court sided with UMD, saying the coaches' claims were not filed within the statute of limitations. UMD has always denied all of the coaches' allegations against them.

The Supreme Court's decision ends their legal options in the state system.

Miller and UMD have reached a tentative settlement in her federal case, which she won in a trial. Details of the agreement have not yet been made public. 

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