From Inside NoVa:

A lawsuit against the chairman of the Prince William County School Board and a Gainesville businessman is going forward, albeit with some slight alteration in charges.

Prince William Circuit Court Judge Tracy Hudson ruled Wednesday that the bulk of Patriot High School Principal Michael Bishop’s multi-million dollar suit against At-Large Chairman Ryan Sawyers and Guy Morgan can move ahead.

The suit stems from a dispute over a pair of Prince William youth baseball leagues — Bishop heads up the Gainesville Haymarket Baseball League, while Sawyers leads the Bull Run Little League.

Bishop alleges that Sawyers and Morgan sent a series of defamatory emails to school board members and posted on a now-defunct website detailing his alleged conduct running the league, all as part of a conspiracy to ruin his reputation and get him fired.

When he filed suit in February 2015, Bishop asked for more than $3.3 million in damages, but a judge dismissed large parts of the suit in October 2015. Since then, Bishop has upped his request to just over $7.3 million and added school board member Justin Wilk of the Potomac District as a defendant. Bishop claims Sawyers and Wilk conspired via emails with other school board members to ensure his firing, though that matter wasn’t up for adjudication Wednesday.

►Inside NoVa: Defamation suit against Prince William school board head, businessman moves closer to trial

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