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The dismissal of a class action lawsuit against Vedder Price client, The John Marshall Law School, was affirmed on September 26, 2014 by a three-judge panel of the Illinois Appellate Court.

The lawsuit, one of 15 similar suits filed nationwide including two others in Chicago, alleged that John Marshall had misrepresented postgraduate employment and salary statistics which the law school published consistent with ABA credentialing standards. The plaintiff, a 2008 John Marshall graduate and practicing lawyer, asserted claims under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, common-law fraud and negligent misrepresentation. The appellate court stated that John Marshall did not misrepresent its employment or salary information and did not promise a specific job or specific salary after graduation. According to the court, "plaintiff completed her legal education at JMLS and received her J.D. degree, which was all that was promised to her in return for the tuition she paid."

Vedder Price attorneys Bruce R. Alper, Joseph A. Strubbe and Travis J. Quick represented The John Marshall Law School.

In The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article, “Law Schools Prevail in Suit over Job Stats,” Mr. Alper stated that "the statistical information that was reported was consistent with the ABA requirements at the time, was not inaccurate and was not misleading as a matter of law."

Click here to view the full decision. Mr. Alper said he agrees with the court’s ruling.


Joseph A. Strubbe