Thursday, April 25, 2013
Earlier this month, a New York appellate court affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by former students of New York Law School alleging the school had mislead them about their employment prospects based on inflated post-grad job data. And now another New York court has also tossed out a similar suit against Brooklyn Law School. The Wall Street Journal Law Blog has the details:
A New York state judge has rejected a lawsuit by five Brooklyn Law School graduates who claimed they were misled by the school regarding the success of its graduates in finding high-paying legal employment.
The graduates, who sought a refund of tuition and other damages for a class of graduates, claimed they were duped into believing that it would be easier than they realized to obtain legal employment. The case is one of several brought against law schools across the country regarding their representations about post-graduate employment.
In an opinion earlier this week, New York State Supreme Court Justice David J. Schmidt in Brooklyn noted the school’s own data was sufficient to “enable a reasonable person to determine that most graduates were earning modest incomes.”
The judge also found that the school’s disclaimers about its salary and employment data were sufficient to warn potential students from “using the information as a springboard from which to derive his or her own expected income.”
Jesse Strauss, the plaintiffs' lawyer who has brought similar lawsuits against several other law schools around the country, told the WSJLB that he is deciding whether to appeal. Brooklyn Law School was represented by Skadden in the matter.
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