February 2, 2012
Complaints in Law School Employment Data Cases Available
Anyone wanting to see the complaints filed yesterday against 12 law schools over job data should visit this page from the web site of attorney David Anziska. The new documents join the two filed earlier against the New York Law School and The Thomas M. Cooley Law School. All of the filings follow a similar pattern. The first several pages are customized to representations of how the law schools present themselves to prospective students, a deep examination of the employment data each school reported, and alleged details of ABA complicity, if one could call it that, in the affair. Words such as “Enron-style accounting” and “Madoff-style consistency” are some of the ways each school’s conduct is described. This is followed by three actual counts: (1) violation of the state’s deceptive practices statute; (2) fraud; and (3) negligent misrepresentation. Exhibits to the complaints include articles about the state of the job market and the various letters sent by Senators Boxer and Grassley to the ABA.
I can’t suggest at this point whether the plaintiffs will or will not succeed in the suits. Discovery should be very interesting. This story will not go away easily for all involved. Bloomberg has a story on the suits here.
As a matter of disclosure, I work for DePaul University, one of the defendant law schools. Nothing I say about this suit, no matter how general that may be, should be construed as any kind of statement, official or unofficial, from DePaul or its law school. [MG]