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Bard Whistleblower Settlement Highlights Potential Risks for Higher Education Institutions

Bard College recently entered into an agreement with the United States to pay $4 million to settle a whistleblower suit alleging violations of the False Claims Act. Bard is a non-profit liberal arts institution founded in...more

New York’s Appellate Division Reinstates Attorney General’s Statutory Fraud Claim Against “Trump University”

In State of New York v. Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC, New York’s Appellate Division recently denied a motion by Donald Trump’ organization to dismiss a fraud claim brought by the New York Attorney General (“AG”) under...more

4 takeaways for higher ed from the Alaburda student lawsuit verdict

Last week a California jury rejected a law school graduate’s claim that her alma mater falsified graduate-employment data in the much-anticipated Alaburda v. Thomas Jefferson School of Law trial. The lawsuit was filed on May...more

Students Have One Year After Reaching the Age of Eighteen to File Personal Injury Lawsuit Against School

The Illinois Appellate Court (Second District) recently determined that a student who was injured while at school as a minor could not pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the school district because she did not file the...more

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Protections of Tort Immunity Act for School Districts

The Illinois Appellate Court (Second District) recently held that several parents’ action challenging an Illinois school district’s reorganization of two elementary schools was barred by the Illinois Local Governmental and...more

Alert: FTC Focuses on Lead Generation Practices in Higher Education and Ed Tech

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission conducted a workshop in Washington, DC on lead generation practices, with a specific consumer protection focus on activities in the higher education sector including...more

D.C. Circuit Interprets the First-to-File Rule Narrowly

A decision this week from the D.C. Circuit shed light on three important issues. United States ex rel. Heath v. AT&T, Inc., No. 14-7094 (D.C. Cir. June 23, 2015). In 2008, the appellant, Todd Heath, filed an FCA qui tam...more

“Abusive” Development – Recent Applications of the Prohibition against Abusive Acts and Practices

The enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and, among other things, vested it with broad authority to enforce prohibitions on unfair, deceptive and abusive acts and...more

SEC Files Fraud Action Centered on Student Loans

Student loans, and the debt burdening many students at graduation, is an important political topic. It is not generally a subject for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nevertheless, at the center of is most recent...more

The UNC Former Student-Athletes’ Litigation: The Defense Enters the Field

We wrote last month about the lawsuit filed against the University of North Carolina and the NCAA by former UNC student-athletes Rashanda McCants and Devon Ramsey....more

The CFPB & UDAAP: A “Know It When You See It” Standard?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) continued and expanded reliance on its sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) continues to command the attention of financial...more

Office Depot Agrees to Pay $68.5 Million to Settle California FCA Claims

A California judge approved a $68.5 million settlement yesterday to resolve allegations that Office Depot violated the California False Claims Act (CFCA) by overcharging California public entities for office and classroom...more

Student Debt Relief Services Slapped with TSR and UDAAP Claims

On December 11, 2014, the CFPB filed two actions against debt relief companies. Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Relief, Consumer Fin. Prot. Bureau v. IrvineWebWorks, Inc., No. 8:14-cv-1967 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 11,...more

Section 75-1.1 Stars in New Putative Class Action Against UNC

Last Thursday, former UNC football player Michael McAdoo filed a putative class action against UNC-Chapel Hill. This federal complaint has already received extensive publicity. The publicity, though, has overlooked the...more

Disciplinary Proceedings and the Duty of Care

In Coventry University v Mian [2014] EWCA Civ 1275, the Court of Appeal considered whether an employer had breached its duty of care by commencing disciplinary action against an employee on the basis of a preliminary, rather...more

Conflicts & Nepotism – A Dangerous Employment Cocktail

Last week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley removed Alabama State University Trustee Marvin Wiggins for violating the University’s conflict of interest rules. The removal proved once again that if you are responsible for the...more

SEC Resolves First Case Under New Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

On July 8, 2014, the SEC announced that it had settled charges that a school district in California misled bond investors about its failure to comply with its continuing disclosure obligations under Rule 15c2-12 of the...more

SEC Issues First MCDC Cease and Desist Order

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first cease and desist order under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative). The MCDC Initiative was introduced on...more

The CFPB & UDAAP: A “Know It When You See It” Standard?

Institutions regulated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and subject to its enforcement authority are dealing with of the agency’s sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or...more

Alleged illegal recruiting for college leads to False Claims Act complaint

In Brief - Stevens-Henager College and its owners are accused of offering compensation incentives to admission consultants based on the number of students they recruit. - The government alleges that the college...more

SEC Charges Charter School Operator with Disclosure Violations, Suggests It May Charge Individuals

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a Chicago charter school operator with defrauding investors in a $37.5 million bond offering by failing to disclose transactions that presented conflicts of...more

Illinois Attorney General Files UDAAP Action Against For-Profit College

The Illinois Attorney General, who filed suit two years ago under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act against a group of entities related to for-profit college financing, amended its complaint to...more

Illinois AG wins motion to add Dodd-Frank UDAAP claim to complaint against for-profit college

Earlier this month, an Illinois state court granted the motion of the state’s Attorney General to further amend her complaint in a lawsuit filed against a for-profit college and its owners to add new counts alleging that the...more

Congress Members Urge Department of Education to Amend Rules Governing Banking Practices on College Campuses

In a continued effort by federal and state legislators to curb alleged abuse by financial institutions on college campuses, several members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Education expressing their support for...more

Illinois AG seeks leave to add Dodd-Frank UDAAP count to complaint against for-profit college

Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General, recently filed a motion in a state court lawsuit against a for-profit college and its owners and operators seeking leave to further amend her complaint to add new counts alleging that...more

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