The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday rejected an appeal of a former professor of the University of Texas at San Antonio, who sued for damages when the university cleaned his laboratory, and threw out some notebooks he says should not have been removed. The decision noted that the professor was warned several times that his laboratory posed a safety hazard. Further, the court ruled that he had failed to show that he had a "protectable property interest" in the notebooks. The former professor had won a jury trial, but the judge threw out his victory, saying that there was not evidence to support it, and the appeals court ruling said that the judge acted appropriately.
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