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Federal Judge Dismisses U-Va. Fraternity Members’ Defamation Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone

A federal judge in New York has dismissed a defamation lawsuit that three former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia filed against Rolling Stone magazine, in which they alleged that a magazine article about a gang rape at the school implied they were involved in it.

The lawsuit centered around a sensational account of an alleged gang rape at the fraternity, which a U-Va. student named Jackie said happened in an upstairs bedroom during a party at Phi Psi during the fall semester of 2012. The article, published in late 2014, was later discredited, and Rolling Stone retracted the account.