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A federal judge on Tuesday rejected claims that Harvard had intentionally discriminated against Asian-American applicants , in a closely watched case that presented one of the biggest legal challenges to affirmative action in years. The lawsuit against the university came from a group hoping to overturn a longstanding Supreme Court precedent that allows race to be considered as one factor among many in admissions, but prohibits universities from using racial quotas. The group argued that Harvard had favored black and Hispanic applicants at the expense of another minority group — a strategic reversal of past affirmative action lawsuits in which the plaintiff complained that white students had been treated unfairly. The judge, Allison D. In her decision, Judge Burroughs defended the benefits of diversity, saying it was not yet time to look beyond race in college admissions.