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Center for Applied Genomics Escapes Immediate Eviction As UMDNJ, PHRI Head to Court

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (GenomeWeb News) - The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Public Health Research Institute have reached an agreement that prevents PHRI from being evicted immediately, according to a news report.

 

PHRI, which operates the Center for Applied Genomics, owes the university, its landlord, several months of back rent and faces eviction from its building, the InternationalCenterfor Public Health in Newark, NJ. Last month, the institute filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming that the university failed to help it raise funds.

 

Under the new agreement, reported by the Star-Ledger today, the university can still evict the institute but must come before the Superior Court in New Jersey, rather than landlord-tenant court, where the institute's lawsuit will be heard. No trial date has been set yet, according to the newspaper.

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