Arizona State Lawsuit
In Arizona, the Alliance of Settlement Companies has brought a class-action lawsuit against the Arizona State University at their Arizona Summit Law School, alleging unfair practice and fraud. According to the suit, the Alliance was one of several for-profit law schools that provided a training program in bankruptcy. The program taught classes such as how to prepare a will, asset protection strategies, real estate planning, estate investments, real estate sales and many other subjects. The classes were taught by a former college instructor and not by a lawyer, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states that during the course of three years, a class of about 250 students became significantly less successful, with a high dropout rate. Some of these students enrolled in the Arizona summit law school acceptance rate is almost 20 percent. In addition, many of these students failed to pass the final exam, which required them to take the entire course again. All of the students dropped out in the first year, but only a handful remained to finish the program.
The Alliance of Settlement Companies is seeking monetary damages and educational-assistance for injuries sustained while taking the classes. Lawyers representing the school are claiming that the Arizona summit law school acceptance rate is unfair because it is based on the number of credits students can take, not their overall performance in the courses. They also claim that the school is deceptive in letting students spend too much money on tuition without providing adequate materials. Phoenix schools say that they cannot track how many credit hours were actually spent on each course.
The court battle could be a turning point for other Arizona schools, as well as for the Arizona Summit Law School. Several other Arizona schools have faced lawsuits demanding fair treatment of minority students. Last year, for example, the Arizona State University system had to close its racial preferences program, which had denied admission to a black student who’d achieved top grades in the classroom and an excellent SAT score. And last month, the University of Alabama was forced to reinstate a policy that banned a student from using the N-word during a classroom discussion. Other schools have similar policies in place.
Both sides are optimistic that the lawsuit will go far enough to force the school to change their policy. Lawyers for the Alliance of Settlement Companies claim that the state’s tort reform laws make it impossible for schools to turn around their discriminatory policies. “There simply is no way to accommodate the blatantly discriminatory nature of these statutes,” said Paul P. Smith, a Santa Monica, California based lawyer. “The court will need to ensure that it can find a solution to the problem.”
The Alliance of Settlement Companies is challenging the constitutionality of the Arizona State Lawmakers’ Response to the Alliance of Settlement Companies lawsuit. The lawsuit targets two sections of the Arizona State Lawmakers’ Response to the Alliance of Settlement Companies lawsuit. The first section invalidates the application of the National mandate in order to protect against unequal housing opportunities in Arizona. The second section invalidates the enforcement of the provisions of the Fair Housing initiatives in order to protect against the practice of racial discrimination in housing. In a resolution passed by the Arizona House, the legislature expressed its support for the lawsuit, stating, “Minor things like discrimination should not be a part of our society,” and, “Discrimination is wrong…whether it is done to one person or to another.”