University of Louisville blasts whistleblower lawsuit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A University of Louisville official says accusations that the university and President James Ramsey interfered with a former compliance officer’s duties are “unfounded.”

The Courier-Journal reports that executive vice president for research and innovation Dr. William Pierce sent an email to the university community Wednesday in which he denied the accusations levied by veteran compliance officer Robin Wilcox in a recent whistleblower lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Ramsey and others tried to squelch Wilcox’s enforcement of rules. Wilcox also says Ramsey lied about when he said he first heard about allegations of misconduct against senior health care vice president Dr. David Dunn.

Pierce says Ramsey is telling the truth. He says Ramsey knew about conflict of interest “concerns” in 2012, but didn’t find out about the possibility of misconduct until 2014.