reached collectively by agents of a corporation cannot constitute conspiracies under § 1985. See also Cromley v. Board of Education of Lockport Township High School Dist. 205, 699 F. Supp. 1283 (N.D.Ill. 1988). A university cannot conspire with itself, and there is no allegation in the complaint that officials of the Illinois Board of Law Examiners -- or anyone else -- joined Emory in any part of its allegedly discriminatory scheme. Claim VII also must be dismissed.
Libel and Invasion of Privacy Claims (Claims IX, X, XI and XII)
Rothman's state law libel and invasion of privacy claims are based on Emory's correspondence with the Illinois Board of Law Examiners. Because the Board is a quasi-judicial body, those communications were absolutely privileged under Illinois law. Kalish v. Illinois Educational Ass'n, 157 Ill. App. 3d 969, 110 Ill. Dec. 72, 510 N.E.2d 1103, 1107-08 (Ill.App. 1987), app. den. 515 N.E.2d 109, 113 Ill. Dec. 300 (Ill. 1987). Claims IX, X, XI and XII are therefore dismissed as well.
Negligent Supervision Claim (Claim XIII)
Claim XIII charges Emory with negligent failure to prevent Stockwell and Hunter from committing the acts that form the basis of the other state law claims. In essence, claim XIII asserts nothing more than the proposition that Emory's liability on the state law claims may be imputed from the actions of its employees. Because the other state law claims have been dismissed, claim XIII must be dismissed as well.
Motion to Transfer Venue
Emory moves pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) to transfer this case to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta, where Emory is located. The court recognizes that the Emory officials implicated in this case live and work in Georgia, but it also takes note of the fact that other witnesses who may be called, including Rothman, live in Illinois. Rothman alleges that his medical condition would make transfer of the case to Georgia particularly burdensome. Because the complaint has now been whittled down to cover only a few claims involving only a few people, the court does not believe that keeping the case here would be especially inconvenient for Emory. Since plaintiff's choice of forum generally is accorded deference, Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Citizens Bank & Trust Co., 592 F.2d 364, 368 (7th Cir. 1979), cert. den., 444 U.S. 829, 62 L. Ed. 2d 37, 100 S. Ct. 56 (1979), Emory's motion to transfer venue is denied.
Defendant's motion to dismiss is granted in part and denied in part. Claims IV, V, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII and XIII are dismissed in their entirety and claim I is dismissed in part. Plaintiff may proceed for now with all of claims II, III and VI. Defendant's motion to transfer venue is denied.
JAMES B. MORAN,
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court
June 29, 1993.
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