July 28, 2012
California Court Allows Fraud Cases Against Golden Gate, USF Law Schools to Proceed
Paul Campos (Colorado), Paul Horwitz (Alabama), and Law School Transparency report that the Superior Court of California has rejected demurrers by Golden Gate University and University of San Francisco law schools to consumer fraud actions filed against each of those schools, allowing the cases to proceed to the discovery phase.
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Ummm...If these things proceed to discovery, and former Career Services employees start getting deposed, it's going to get really bad, really quickly, for a couple of Southern California law schools.
One school, in particular, allegedly (among other questionable practices) outright ordered its CSO employees to throw away a certain number of career surveys received from unemployed grads (back when U.S. News used to count half of grads who's status was "unknown") to artificially boost its stats. (It's funny, too, to chart the dramatic drop in "unknown" grads reported to U.S. News after they closed that loophole).
I expect to see these things start to get settled.
Anyway, I'll get the popcorn started.
Posted by: Anon | Jul 28, 2012 3:10:15 PM
Good to see that new and different causes of action are being brought against the schools.
Being filled with amoral/immoral lawyers, the schools were likely careful about the systemic deceptions they engaged in (look at earlier suit dismissals for instance) but given the breadth and depth of the corruption that infects these schools (and the bloviating moral posturing they often engage in) it is quite possible that they are not going to dodge all the many arrows they have earned.
As for *reputation*, they have already befouled themselves beyond hope of recovery.
It is only the most extreme economic recession/depression since the 30's that keeps the applicant pipeline functioning even at its reduced level.
Every day, more and more undergraduates are coming to know the nature of the scorpions they are dealing with and therefore are staying away.
Posted by: cas127 | Jul 29, 2012 12:30:24 AM