Paul L. Caron

Thursday, May 12, 2022

University Pays $1.65 Million To Settle Tuition Refund Class Action Claiming Online Classes During Covid Were 'Subpar'; Students Get $185 Each; Lawyers Get $550,000

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lindenwood U. to Pay $1.65 Million to Settle Claim Online Classes 'Subpar':

The nearly 6,000 Lindenwood University students who had spring 2020 classes move online during the COVID-19 pandemic soon will be getting some money back.

U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White approved a $1.65 million settlement Wednesday between the St. Charles university and a class action group of students led by Dylan Martin, of Eldon, Missouri. Each student will receive roughly $185, and the students' attorneys will receive roughly $550,000. ...

The initial Lindenwood suit, filed in August 2020, claimed the university breached its contract with students when it abruptly canceled classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. It said online learning options were "subpar in practically every aspect" to in-person classes and students overpaid for tuition because virtual instruction was less expensive. The suit asked Lindenwood for more than $5 million in reimbursements. 

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