Friday, October 25, 2013
National Law Journal, Class Rejected in Trailblazing Suit Against Law School:
Alaburda v. Thomas Jefferson School of Law was the class
action that spawned a wave of suits brought by alumni claiming their law
schools duped them with misleading post-graduate employment statistics.
But the case, filed in 2011 by 2008 graduate Anna Alaburda, was dealt a
major blow this week when a San Diego County Superior Court judge
denied class certification.
The four plaintiffs had sought to
certify a class of all Thomas Jefferson law graduates from 2006 to 2013
who live in California and consulted U.S. News & World Report’s law school rankings when deciding where to enroll.
But Judge Joel Pressman ruled that there was no objective and reliable way to determine who turned to U.S. News.
"In this case, determining membership rests exclusively on
self-authentication, which seems in this case to be unreliable," he
wrote in his opinion on Monday.