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    James Franco: Judge Dismisses, in Part, Lawsuit Filed by Actor's Former NYU Professor

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    You might say James Franco schooled his former NYU professor.

    The Oz: The Great and Powerful star managed to get a judge to dismiss, in part, a lawsuit filed by José Angel Santana against the actor in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday, E! News confirms.

    Santana had sued Franco last month for defamation after the Oscar nominee told reporters he thought Santana was a "bad teacher," hence Franco's decision to only attend two of the professor's 14 class sessions.

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    Franco's lawyer, however, maintained that the actor's comments regarding Santana were protected by freedom of speech.

    As for Wednesday's ruling, a court clerk did not want to elaborate as to why part of the case is still standing.

    —Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

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