UCLA Monkey Trial Soon

We have blogged about this case before – without really knowing what the full background is.  But apparently, it is coming to trial this Thursday: The dispute over a Wake Forest University Health Sciences primate colony in southern Forsyth County goes to its first hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday.  The hearing involves Wake Forest as plaintiffs and the board of regents for the University of California system as defendants. It will be held in the federal building in downtown Winston-Salem… The Wake Forest division filed a lawsuit in February to end a joint venture with the University of California at [sic] Los Angeles at the research center in the Friedberg community. Wake Forest officials are requesting a jury trial in Forsyth Superior Court. UCLA, in return, accuses Wake Forest of financially mismanaging the research center and using vervet monkeys there for unauthorized research, including a dengue fever study. The regents alleged in their countersuit that Wake Forest is making “false” and “misleading” statements about the regents’ role with the state of California. Wake Forest said it is willing to shut down the vervet colony if UCLA doesn’t agree to continue to pay its obligations for operating costs… UCLA said the contract allows the university to receive the title for the colony at no cost and to relocate the monkeys...
There was a former ex officio Regent of UC who knew about such matters: 

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