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Sujit Choudhry, former University of California Berkeley school of law dean.Sujit Choudhry, former University of California Berkeley school of law dean. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

BERKELEY—Sujit Choudhry, the former law school dean at University of California, Berkeley, quietly dropped his federal discrimination lawsuit against the school on Tuesday. The move by Choudhry’s lawyers at Zuckerman Spaeder comes less than a week after a federal judge in San Francisco declined to interfere with the university’s pending disciplinary proceeding against Choudhry—the second he’s faced since his former executive assistant reported last year that he touched and kissed her in unwanted ways.

Choudhry’s lawyer, William Taylor at Zuckerman Spaeder, didn’t respond to phone and email messages left Tuesday.

Choudhry sued the school in September accusing officials of acting with racial bias by coming down hard in his case after previously showing lenience to white professors accused of sexual harassment. He also asked for an injunction to halt the disciplinary proceedings, calling them “duplicative” since the school had previously investigated complaints from his former executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell. Choudhry’s pay was docked by 10 percent and he was required to participate in counseling after the first investigation found he had violated UC’s sexual harassment policy.

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