Paul L. Caron

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Federal Judge Dismisses Harvard Law Students' COVID-19 Tuition Refund Class Action

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Harvard Crimson, Mass. District Court Dismisses Lawsuit Demanding Harvard Refund Tuition For Pandemic Closure:

Harvard 1A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought by three Harvard graduate students in 2020 over the University’s refusal to partially refund tuition as classes moved online early in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The class action lawsuit alleged that Harvard acted unlawfully in shifting to virtual coursework without providing partial tuition and fee refunds for students’ lost on-campus experiences due to the Covid-19 crisis.

In Monday’s ruling, District Judge Indira Talwani ’82 granted the University’s motion to dismiss the suit, which argued that the plaintiffs failed to prove Harvard breached an express and implied contract with students.

Law School student Abraham Barkhordar and Sarah E. Zelasky — then a student at School of Public Health — initially filed separate complaints in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts that were combined into one class action lawsuit last July.

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