Thursday, January 14, 2016
Lawsuit Against Fourth Tier Trash Pit Thomas Jefferson School of Law Proceeds to Trial, in March
Belated Happy New Year: On January 7, 2016, the ABA Journal published a Debra Cassens Weiss piece that was headlined “Judge refuses to toss suit over law school’s employment stats; trial is set for March.” The full text follows:
“In a Dec. 28 decision, Judge Joel Pressman of San Diego allowed the students’ claims and set a March trial date, Above the Law Reports. “Never before has a law school been forced to actually stand trial for allegedly inflating its employment statistics,” the blog says. “This is historic.”
The four plaintiffs allege the school violated California law regarding unfair business practices, false advertising and consumer protection, and committed the torts of intentional fraud, negligent misrepresentation and negligence.
Pressman said there are triable issues of fact as to whether the four plaintiffs reasonably relied on the employment statistics in deciding whether to attend the school, and whether the statistics were inaccurately reported.
“Plaintiffs have all stated they believed that the employment statistics in U.S. News & World Report reflected the status of graduates who either worked in a professional capacity, worked as attorneys or worked in law-related jobs,” Pressman wrote.
“The ‘methodology’ section in U.S. News & World Report is not necessarily dispositive,” Pressman continued. “It states: ‘Employed graduates includes those reported as working or pursuing graduate degrees.’ This does not necessarily render plaintiffs’ interpretation unreasonable. A reasonable consumer would not believe employment figures included any and all employment, which would render the figure meaningless in the context of a legal education. A reasonable consumer expects the employment figure to include graduates who work in law-related jobs.”
Lawyers for the students told Above the Law they plan to present evidence that the school reported different numbers to U.S. News & World Report and to the National Association for Law Placement. The lawyers also allege the school had a practice of reporting graduates as employed as long as they had any job at any time since graduation.” [Emphasis mine]
Don’t expect the judge or jury to rule in favor of these former students. Especially, since this is a fourth tier garbage heap. The school’s attorneys ought to be able to successfully argue that these morons should have done their due diligence, i.e. performed basic research.
Other Coverage: On January 7, 2016, Above the Law posted a Staci Zaretsky entry that was labeled Thomas Jefferson School Of Law To Stand Trial For Allegedly Inflating Employment Statistics.” Check out the portion below:
“In May 2011, Anna Alaburda, a 2008 honors graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, filed a class-action lawsuit against her alma mater, alleging that the law school had commited fruad by publishing deceptive post-graduation employment statistics and salary data in order to bait new students into enrolling. When her complaint was first filed, she claimed that despite graduating at the top of her class and passing the California bar exam, she was unable to find suitable legal employment, and had racked up more than $150,000 in student loan debt.
Almost five years later, after acquiring three additional class plaintiffs, inspiring dozens of other class-action lawsuits against law schools, and surviving several motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, it seems that judgment day has finally come for Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Plaintiffs Anna Alaburda, Jill Ballard, Daniela Loomis, and Nikki Nguyen prevailed on all issues in the latest the law school’s latest motion for summary judgment, and the case has been set for trial in March.
While many other law schools have been taken to court over issues similar to the ones presented in the Alaburda case, never before has a law school been forced to actually stand trial for allegedly inflating its employment statistics. This is historic.
The operative complaint contains counts for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, and violations of various California statutes (including laws against unfair and deceptive business practices and false advertising). In considering each cause of action, Judge Joel M. Pressman found for the plaintiffs time and again, overruling each of Thomas Jefferson Law’s arguments.” [Emphasis mine]
While I do not expect much to come of this case, it is still significant. No other suit against an ABA-accredited diploma factory has made it to this stage. The law school pigs will need to produce documents during discovery. However, in the end, there is no escaping the fact that this in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion of “higher learning” is consistently rated in fourth tier wasteland, by USN&WR. This clearly shows that law students are not “sophisticated consumers.”
Average Law School Indebtedness: By the way, US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those unfortunate souls who comprise the TJ$L Class of 2014 who incurred debt for law school - as $172,445. Hell, 91% of this school’s 2014 cohort took on such foul debt. That is THE LARGEST FIGURE of any school that furnished data to this dead magazine!
Conclusion: TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law is a FOURTH TIER TRASH HEAP that charges its students/willing rape victims ridiculous sums in annual tuition. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the amount for those enrolled full-time is $46,200. These idiots then walk away owing outrageous amounts in student loans. How is that for logic and critical thinking, bitch?! These graduates are expected to compete for legal jobs in the LEGENDARILY GLUTTED California lawyer job market. Simply put, these young men and women have essentially no shot at attaining a relatively secure middle class lifestyle – while comfortably repaying their student debt. But at least the commode was able to spend $90 million on a new building in downtown San Diego, according to this San Diego Free Press article. And that’s what really matters to the cockroaches who operate this filth pit.
Posted by Nando at 4:49 AM