Hayley B. Dryer, James G. Ryan, and Dina L. Vespia to Speak Live via Zoom for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey (AICUNJ)May 14, 2020
Attorneys Hayley B. Dryer, James G. Ryan, and Dina L. Vespia will be speaking live via Zoom for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey (AICUNJ) on Friday, May 15th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The topic of the webinar is Class Action Lawsuits.
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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to affect the nation, many colleges and universities have taken swift and effective action in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within their campus communities. Students have been instructed to move out of campus housing, classes have transitioned to an online format, and many scheduled events, such as commencements, have been postponed or cancelled.
In response to these measures, several class action lawsuits have been filed by students seeking a refund for tuition, room and board, and/or other fees, essentially arguing that they contracted for services, facilities, and opportunities, such as in-person academic instruction, and that as a consequence of institutional closures, they are no longer receiving what they have paid for.
Please join partners James G. Ryan, Esq., Hayley B. Dryer, Esq., and Dina L. Vespia, Esq., of Cullen and Dykman LLP, and Dennis Cariello, Esq., partner and co-chairman of the Education Group at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd, as they provide guidance on these issues as they impact colleges and universities. After an overview of the common claims contained in these class-action lawsuits, the speakers will discuss possible responses to a lawsuit as well as ways that institutions can prepare for possible litigation related to these issues. A Q&A session will follow.