Category Archives: Legal

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Nation’s Largest Student-Loan Servicer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Navient, the country’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, for failing borrowers during every stage of repayment, the federal agency said on Wednesday in a news release.

In the lawsuit, which seeks undisclosed damages, the bureau states that Navient violated the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

Navient provided borrowers with b…


Idaho State Settles Sex-Harassment Suit for $170,000

A former employee of Idaho State University who said she had been sexually harassed by her boss and then punished by the institution for complaining has settled her lawsuit for $170,000, the Idaho State Journal reports.

Kelly Pokorny, who worked as an education coordinator at the university’s Museum of Natural History, alleged that Herb Machner, the museum’s director, followed her into her office in 2013 and forcibly kissed her and grabbed her buttocks. She filed a complaint and was placed on ad…


Sacred Heart U. Apologizes for Saying Wrong Man Was a Rape Suspect

Sacred Heart University apologized on Wednesday for distributing the name and photograph of a man wrongfully connected to the off-campus sexual assault of a student.

The Connecticut university’s apology was part of a settlement of a defamation lawsuit brought by Gary Douglas, who was accused of the assault in leaflets posted last April around the campus, according to The Connecticut Post. Neither Mr. Douglas’s lawyer nor the university commented on the specifics of the case, except to confirm …


Chicago State U. Settles Whistle-Blower’s Lawsuit for $1.3 Million

Chicago State University has agreed to a $1.3-million settlement to end a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by a former administrator, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The university’s insurer, the Illinois National Insurance Company, will pay the settlement. Glenn Meeks, a former chief financial officer, will receive $847,000 in back pay, and his lawyer will receive $453,000.

In his lawsuit Mr. Meeks accused the public university’s administration of firing him in 2013 to punish him for complaining abo…


U.S. Court Reinstates Ban on College’s Mandatory Drug Tests of Students

In the latest ruling in a five-year-old lawsuit, a federal appeals court has reinstated a ban on mandatory drug testing for most students at the State Technical College of Missouri.

The ruling, by a 9-to-2 vote on Thursday of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, overturned a decision by a three-judge panel of the court and restored the original trial judge’s finding that the college’s drug-testing policy was unconstitutional.

The trial judge, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the …


Yale to Pay $3 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Murder of Student in Lab

Yale University will pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a graduate student who was murdered in a campus research lab in 2009, the Associated Press reports.

The student, Annie Le, was murdered by a research technician who worked in the same building less than a week before her planned wedding. Ms. Le’s family argued that Yale had not done enough to ensure women’s safety on the campus and that the man who murdered her had shown a “violent propensity towards women” in…


Trump to Pay $25 Million to Settle Lawsuits Over ‘Trump U.’

President-elect Donald J. Trump will pay $25 million to settle a series of lawsuits over a now-defunct for-profit institution called Trump University, according to a news release issued on Friday by New York’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman.

In 2013, Mr. Schneiderman’s office sued Mr. Trump’s university, saying it had misled more than 6,000 students. The students had paid up to $35,000 each for seminars and a mentorship program that promised to teach them Mr. Trump’s secrets of real-esta…


Lawyers Seek Delay in Trial of Lawsuit Alleging Fraud by Trump U.

Lawyers for President-elect Donald J. Trump are seeking to postpone the trial of a class-action lawsuit that accuses the now-defunct Trump University of fraud, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The trial had been scheduled to begin this month in the U.S. district court in San Diego.

The lawsuit in the case is one of several legal proceedings related to the former Trump University, a for-profit venture that changed its name to the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative after a court ruling declared it…


Jurors Deadlock in Case of Shooting by U. of Cincinnati Police Officer

[Updated (11/13/2016, 6:57 p.m.) with a statement from the university's president.]

Jurors in the case of a University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black motorist near the campus last year said on Saturday that they were deadlocked after several days of deliberations, and the judge declared a mistrial.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the jury had deliberated for 25 hours in the trial of the former police officer, Ray Tensing, but had been unable to reach a u…


Jury Awards $3 Million to UVa Official in Lawsuit Against ‘Rolling Stone’

A federal-court jury on Monday awarded $3 million to a former associate dean at the University of Virginia in her defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine and one of its reporters, the Associated Press reports.

The same jury ruled on Friday that the magazine and the reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, had defamed Nicole Eramo, now an administrator at UVa, in a 2014 article alleging that a student had been the victim of a gang rape at a fraternity and had been further victimized by the unive…