Coronavirus: Now Cometh The Lawsuits
It was inevitable. No, not Thanos, the lawsuits over Coronavirus shutdowns. And the litigators are coming for big name, and high cost, universities first:
Duke University is the latest local school hit with a lawsuit from frustrated students who say they aren’t getting the education they paid for during the coronavirus pandemic.
An anonymous Duke university student recently filed the class-action suit, demanding repayment for the spring semester. According to his attorney, he wants to represent other Duke students to obtain repayment of tuition, room and board and other expenses in light of COVID-19.
The attorney said Duke University students have been forced to endure closed residence halls, canceled events, online learning in place of in-class courses and lack of access to labs, cafeterias and often their own belongings as dormitories shutdown in a rush response to the pandemic.
“What I want them to do is to do the right thing — look at what they actually provided versus what they promised — and come up with a partial refund that does the right thing by these people,” said attorney Andrew Levetown.
The latest lawsuit follows similar actions from attorneys at the same law firm against Boston University, Brown University, George Washington University and Vanderbilt, in which students and parents sued their universities.