Court ruling leads to setback for two former LU coaches who filed lawsuit against univ.

Court ruling leads to set back for two former Lamar University coaches who filed lawsuit against the university.

It was a setback on Wednesday for two fired Lamar University softball coaches.

The 9th Court of Appeals in Beaumont has basically called a time-out in the two coaches legal battle against the university.

Former head softball coach Holly Bruder and her assistant Allison Honkofsky, who is also her wife, filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming university administrators denied them their due process by not telling them why the university was firing them.

Their case was in district court Judge Justin Sanderson's court. In a common defense among governmental bodies, Lamar claims that it is immune from legal action.

That's why the university seeks a ruling from the 9th Court of Appeals.

KFDM/Fox 4's Angel San Juan has the full report.

The Texas State University System issued a statement Wednesday, June 20, 2018, following the 9th Court of Appeals ruling.

Read statement from the Texas State University System Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Dr. Fernando Gomez:

"This morning, the Ninth District Court of Appeals in Beaumont issued an order placing on hold all proceedings before the trial court in Bruder vs. Lamar University. We argued in our appellate court petition that the trial court was required to determine whether it had jurisdiction to hear the case before proceeding with discovery. We also filed a motion for temporary relief, which the court of appeals granted, resulting in the stay of the trial court proceedings. We appreciate the appellate court’s favorable ruling and look forward to defending the university in the appropriate venue."

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