Class Action Filed Over College Admission Scandal

by: The Knowledge Group

April 01, 2019


In a federal court in Boston, prosecutors have targeted dozens of people, including coaches and parents, over a conspiracy in which actors and wealthy families manipulated college admissions at:

  • Wake Forest University
  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University
  • Georgetown University
  • Northwestern University
  • The University of California (UCLA, UC Berkeley)
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • Yale University
  • University of Texas at Austin

The key defendant, William Rick Singer, has pleaded guilty to racketeering, federal fraud and conspiracy charges and obstruction of justice.

Universities Rebuff Class Action Claims

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, a group of students and parents have filed suit in the Northern District of California, seeking class-action status against the schools involved. They allege negligence, consumer law breaches, and unfair competition.

The lawsuit names multiple universities as defendants. The plaintiffs seek punitive damages as well as application fee refunds.

It was Singer’s nonprofits that served to fabricate test scores and facilitate bribes to get wealthy families’ children admitted. In multiple instances, a coach agreed to recruit applicants into Stanford through the sailing team, in exchange for 6-figure payments to fund Stanford sailing. Stanford fired the coach.

The schools reject the legal arguments against them. Indeed, Singer’s prosecutors have painted the schools as victims. Yale has rescinded one of its admission offers, while Stanford has decried the fraud.

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