Thursday, April 15, 2021
Karen Sloan (Law.com), Santa Clara University Escapes Law Students' COVID Tuition Refund Class Action:
A federal judge in California has dismissed a class action brought by three Santa Clara University law students who sought a tuition refund after their classes moved online last spring due to COVID-19.
In her March 29 decision, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California wrote that references to on-campus classes and activities on the university’s website, course catalogues and bulletins do not constitute a specific promise to students that classes would be held in-person—as the plaintiffs argued. Statements made in those documents are too general to “impose contractual obligations” on the university, Koh found. ...
The case is one of more than 200 class actions brought by college students across the country seeking tuition reimbursements over the shift to online classes in March 2020, in the early days of the pandemic. They claim breach of contract and unjust enrichment on behalf of various classes of students. The plaintiffs in most of those cases, however, are undergraduate students. The Santa Clara suit is one of just a handful brought by law students.
Law360, Santa Clara U. Beats Law Students' Tuition Refund Suit