Unjust enrichment claims in tuition refund class actions: No pain, no gain, no claim

The outbreak of COVID-19 tuition refund class actions is as virulent as the pandemic that inspired them. In just one week, the number of tuition refund class actions against colleges and universities nearly doubled from 60 to 105,  most bearing an uncanny similarity to those that preceded them. Their main complaint is that the innovative transition from live to online learning necessitated by campus closures in response to the nationwide civil shutdown orders deprived students of the benefit of their bargain: live instruction in a diverse campus community. Read More >>

Federal Class Action Law, Ohio Class Action Law

Tuition refund class actions: The latest COVID-19 casualty

Nowhere is the COVID-19 virus mutating more quickly than in the cozy confines of class action litigation. From business interruption, to gym memberships, to disappointed Airbnb hosts, more and more Americans are turning to Rule 23 to recover losses that are as unprecedented as they were unpredictable.

The halls of higher education have not been spared. On March 27, 2020, the first college tuition refund class action lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Arizona. The second suit came 12 days later in a federal district court in South Carolina. Since then, at least 60 class actions have been filed in federal and state courts across the country, and more are coming. Read More >> 

Civil Rule 23 Requirements, Ohio Class Action Law