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Cooley Law School’s Legal Battle: Kurzon Strauss Asks to Unseal Court Records
The Thomas M. Cooley Law School is in the middle of an intense legal battle with Kurzon Strauss. The New York based law firm has represented a group of Cooley graduates who said that they were lied to; they felt that the post graduate employment statistics were what made them confident enough to apply, and now they have found out that those very same statistics were false. According to MLive.com, the students said that they were, “duped into enrolling in the school by false employment statistics.”
In July of 2012, a federal judge dismissed the case. The judge did note that the school’s salary and employment data were “vague and incomplete,” but the judge ultimately put the responsibility on the students, noting that they should have done their due diligence before applying to a law school that requires 3 years of their time and costs around a hundred thousand dollars. The judge finalized by saying, “The graduates should have relied on more than statistics when making their decision to enroll.”
Since then, Cooley has brought a case against Kurzon Strauss saying that the firm defamed the law school. Kurzon Strauss maintained that Thomas M. Cooley School of Law “misrepresented its post-graduate employment statistics.” Last month, a federal judge dismissed that lawsuit. Cooley then filed an appeal and continues to issue press releases that tell of the “false statements” and of how Kurzon Strauss defamed the school.
Kurzon Strauss is asking for the sealed court records to become public so that people can “contest and evaluate” Cooley’s “claim of defamation.” According to a brief filed by Kurzon Strauss, “the parties, like the general public, have the right to Confidential Discovery material filed with the court.” If unsealed, Kurzon Strauss hopes that the records will demonstrate Cooley Law’s “public relations campaign” against the law firm.
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