Paul L. Caron

Friday, April 8, 2022

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

Following up on my previous post:  Harvard Crimson, Class Action Lawsuit Demanding Tuition Reimbursement Moves Forward After Judge Reverses Dismissal:

Harvard Law School Logo (2021)In June 2021, Massachusetts District Court Judge Indira Talwani dismissed a class action lawsuit against Harvard University asking for partial tuition reimbursement for semesters with virtual classes. Nearly a year later, a new judge assigned to the case has revived it.

Judge Angel Kelley reversed Talwani’s dismissal of the lawsuit in March, but ruled that the case could only extend to students enrolled at the Law School, the Graduate School of Education, and the School of Public Health during the spring 2020 semester. ...

Abraham Barkhordar, one of the plaintiffs named in the lawsuit and a current third-year student at the Law School, described the stark differences between his experience with in-person and online semesters. “The remote semesters lacked so much of the peer-to-peer interaction — just meeting people in the laundry room or as you’re walking around the dorms,” he said. “That doesn’t happen online.”

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