When we interviewed David Anziska back in December 2011, he noted that Team Strauss/Anziska intended to make 2012 the “year of law school litigation.” Keeping that in mind, they certainly started the year off on the right foot when they sued 12 additional law schools on top of the class actions they’d already filed against Cooley Law and New York Law School. Anziska told us that their strategy going forward would be to sue as many law schools as possible in the first half of 2012. How’s that working out for them?
Anziska recently sat down with Bloomberg Law for an on-air interview where he revealed some noteworthy information about the next wave of law school lawsuits. The most relevant piece of information? Twenty more law school class action suits are coming down the pipeline. Which schools will be named as defendants?
Anziska hasn’t yet revealed which 20 law schools will face his righteous wrath, but he stated that the announcement would be made “in the next few weeks.” Beware the Ides of March, folks. Most law schools can probably breathe easy until the announcement comes, but educational institutions in New England will be sitting on pins and needles until then. (Recall that Anziska mentioned that the law school litigation squad was ready to “lock, load, and sue” schools located in Massachusetts.)
Many people have speculated as to Team Strauss/Anziska’s probable endgame with these law school lawsuits. With motions to dismiss already filed in the Cooley Law and NYLS class actions, and more and more schools hopping aboard the “blame the ABA” bandwagon, some have said that these suits won’t make it to trial. Others have raised the possibility of a global settlement. If that sort of settlement came to fruition, what sort of terms would Anziska be looking for?
From the Bloomberg Law interview:
I believe . . . what will ultimately result is that law school graduates will have some type of partial tuition reimbursement, and there will also be substantial injunctive relief in the form of law schools [having] to retain an independent, third-party auditor to audit and verify the numbers. … Law schools are going to have to report 100% accurate information.
Partial tuition reimbursement is the stuff that dreams are made of, but we can certainly hope that Anziska gets his wish. At the very least, third-party verification of law schools’ employment statistics would serve as a step in the right direction, so future law students won’t have to resort to suing their alma maters.
What else did Anziska have to say about the year of law school litigation? If you’re interested, you can watch his interview with Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia and find out:
Lawyer: 20 More Law School Class Actions Coming [Bloomberg Law]