By now, TFL readers are surely aware of the DOE's action to block Charlotte School of Law from receiving federal students loans. The latest development in this saga is this story in Above the Law about the class action lawsuit filed by students against the Charlotte School of Law for fraudulent misrepresentations. Loyal readers of TFL may recall that I warned of this eventuality nearly two years ago (January 4, 2015, to be exact) in this post, in response to a nonsensical column by Dean Jay Conison about black boxes. Here is an excerpt:
Dean Conison’s black box analogy brings to mind another kind of black box -- the flight data recorders that are recovered after an aircraft accident. When Charlotte School of Law and its sister schools finally crash and burn, and InfiLaw is forced to reveal its internal data in response to the subsequent class action lawsuit, what will the data inside the black box say about the cause of InfiLaw’s downfall? Based on Dean Conison’s posts on The Faculty Lounge, one factor that will be difficult to rule out is “pilot error.”
I am certainly sympathetic to the many law students who were duped into attending, or remaining at, Charlotte School of Law by the school's dishonest and unethical practices. To find out such news over the Christmas semester break is undoubtedly extremely upsetting and stressful. I wish these students and their attorneys all the best in their efforts to hold Charlotte School of Law and InfiLaw accountable for all the damage they have caused.