World-renowned psychiatrist David Healy, who is suing U of T for breach of contract, defamation and misappropriation, is about to proceed with court-sponsored mediation.

Healy and lawyer Peter Rosenthal will square off against a council representing U of T and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

The mediation, which is mandatory for these types of lawsuits, is designed to coax plaintiffs and defendants into settling out of court.

“We’re happy to participate in [the mediation],” said Rosenthal. “We do hope that a settlement might be achievable through that process.”

Healy is seeking $9.4 million in damages from both U of T and CAMH. Last year, following several months of aggressive recruiting, U of T suddenly cancelled Healy’s already accepted offer of employment.

The issue became front-page news when it was discovered that the offer was rescinded because of Healy’s criticisms of Prozac.

He claims he was turfed because pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of the popular antidepressant, makes huge cash donations to CAMH; U of T says it’s just trying to protect patients from Healy’s controversial views.

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