Huge COVID Lawsuit Settlement

(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – In a new defeat for COVID-19 dictates, a group of students who initiated legal action against the University of Chicago demanding refunds for tuition following the institution’s abrupt shift to remote learning have reached a settlement approaching $5 million with the university.

This development culminates the class-action lawsuit that these students lodged, as disclosed by the Chicago Sun Times, cited by The College Fix.

The esteemed private university in Illinois concluded this legal agreement last week, consenting to compensate the sum of $4.95 million.

As delineated in the reports, the students eligible for restitution are those adversely impacted by the university’s decision in 2020 to transition to online instruction as a direct response to the global outbreak of COVID-19.

These individuals are poised to receive compensation beginning at $25, dependent on the terms stipulated in the settlement.

“The university is proud of the rigorous educational experience and support it provided to students when it moved to remote learning for spring quarter 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the University of Chicago said in a statement.

“The university believes plaintiffs’ claims are without merit and looks forward to putting this matter behind us,” it added.

This declaration underscores the university’s confidence in the quality of education it sustained during the transition while simultaneously dismissing the legitimacy of the claims raised by the plaintiffs.

Moreover, it’s important to note that the settlement does not constitute an acknowledgment of any wrongdoing by the university, as explicitly stated in the agreement documents.

The origins of the lawsuit trace back to actions taken by former students Arica Kincheloe and Alexander Castro, who in 2020 filed a federal lawsuit.

They contended that the university ought to refund a portion of their tuition fees due to the shift from in-person to remote classes, according to a preliminary legal agreement.

This legal scenario is not isolated. Various universities across the United States have encountered similar lawsuits stemming from decisions made by their administrators during the COVID-19 crisis.

Noteworthy settlements have been observed in cases involving Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Colorado concerning similar issues about the switch to online education.

Conversely, while some cases have been dismissed, the legal challenge against Lafayette College in Pennsylvania lodged by a student remains active.

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