The first of 15 lawsuits alleging fraudulent enticement filed against law schools across the country, including Michigan's Cooley Law School, has been dismissed by New York's highest court without comment. Jesse Strauss, the lawyer for the plaintiffs suing New York Law School, says that despite the outcome he feels that the effort has been worthwhile because it has put pressure on law schools to be more comprehensive, conscientious, and forthcoming about their employment statistics.
Some of the 15 lawsuits continue. On March 20 a federal judge in New Jersey denied a motion to dismiss a fraud case against Widener University School of Law. In California, state court lawsuits against the California Western School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, the University of San Francisco School of Law, Southwestern Law School, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law have survived initial motions to dismiss. The case against Cooley Law School, brought by Strauss and Michigan Law grad David Anziska, was dismissed in federal district court and is under appeal.