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New York (December 21, 2012) – The Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, has upheld the dismissal of all tort- and fraud-based claims brought by a putative class of New York Law School students and alumni in the Gomez-Jimenez v. New York Law School case.

The original decision in that case, known as the New York Law School case, was handed down in March 2012 by Justice Schweitzer in New York State Court and dismissed each of Plaintiffs’ claims of statutory consumer fraud, common law fraud and negligent misrepresentation.  The Plaintiffs in the case, law students and applicants who claimed they relied on inaccurate information published by the school about post-graduate employment statistics, claimed they paid inflated tuition prices and ultimately failed to realize more promising job opportunities when they graduated amidst the “Great Recession.”  In affirming Justice Schweitzer’s well-reasoned decision, the First Department, while not unsympathetic to the financial challenges facing law students, unanimously rejected all three of the Plaintiffs’ legal theories.

The Venable team handling the appeal, as well as the initial litigation, included Michael VolpeEd O’Toole and Mike Hartmere of the firm’s New York office.

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