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On March 21, 2012 Venable attorneys in New York obtained a dismissal of all claims brought by a putative class of New York Law School students and alumni in the Gomez-Jimenez v. New York Law School case, filed in New York State Court. The suit alleged that students and applicants relied on misleading information provided by the school, concerning its graduates’ employment and salaries, in making their decision to attend New York Law School. On Wednesday, a New York Supreme Court judge dismissed each of plaintiffs’ claims and adopted many of the arguments Venable set forth in its briefs and during recent oral arguments.

Following the judge’s decision, multiple publications prominently featured the victory with articles in the March 21, 2012 issues of the Wall Street Journal, Law360, Thomson Reuters News & Insight, The National Law Journal, Bloomberg, ABA Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Commenting on the judge’s decision, Venable partner Michael Volpe, who represented New York Law School, told The National Law Journal, “I think that for any further cases in New York, it's going to be very difficult for any plaintiffs' counsel to proceed…We will look at the implications for other jurisdictions,” adding to Thomson Reuters News & Insight, “We've maintained all along that the claims have no merit.” In an interview with Bloomberg, Volpe added, “The true measure of whether someone will be successful after attending law school is a number of years after someone graduates…We think the judge looked at the legal issues presented, the factual issues presented, i.e., one of the toughest economies we’ve had in the last 75 or 80 years, and considered it all in that context and found there were no merits to these claims.” Volpe, who is also a graduate of New York Law School, told The Chronicle of Higher Education, “It's been satisfying to represent the law school against these serious and, we thought, meritless claims.”

In addition to Volpe, the Venable team also included Jim Shea, Ed O’Toole, Ed Larkin, Mike Hartmere, Megan Mann, Julia Davis, Emily Tortora and Kaveri Arora.