Hagens Berman represented students against Brown University for its failure to repay tuition and fees and costs due to COVID-19. The firm achieved a $1.5 million settlement for the class under which class members will receive automatic, seamless payments.
BROWN UNIVERSITY'S COSTS CONTINUE DURING COVID-19
Students from Brown University filed a class-action lawsuit against Brown demanding repayment for tuition, room and board and other costs amid COVID-19-related campus closures and residence hall shutdowns. The lawsuit accused the university of breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
ABOUT TUITION AND ROOM AND BOARD CHARGES
According to College Board, published tuition fees for 2018-2019 at state colleges are an average of $10,230 for state residents, and $26,290 for everyone else. This compares to an average of $35,830 at private non-profit colleges. On average, during the 2017-2018 school year, students spent $10,800 on room and board at public four-year institutions. At private non-profit four-year colleges and universities, the average cost goes up to $12,210.
Our legal team is reviewing the rights of those continuing to pay these fees at all higher education institutions in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Many colleges require students to live in campus dormitories during their first year or two.
YOU AND YOUR COLLEGE STUDENT'S RIGHTS
Hagens Berman continues to represent tuition payers in pending lawsuits seeking reimbursement for parents and guardians of college students, or college students for tuition, fees and room and board at colleges and universities across the nation. Hagens Berman believes that institutions of higher learning have no right to keep the room and board and tuition charges given the coronavirus outbreak and lack of options to students. We think students paying tuition and room and board deserve compensation.
TOP PLAINTIFF RIGHTS FIRM
Hagens Berman is one of the most successful consumer litigation law firms in the U.S. and has achieved more than $325 billion in settlements for consumers in lawsuits against food corporations, automakers, big banks and others. The firm has successfully taken on higher learning institutions as well, achieving hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for students and alumnae to support campus safety and students' rights. Hagens Berman has achieved many record-breaking victories in antitrust matters, and your claim will be handled by attorneys experienced in consumer law.
NO COST TO YOU
There is no cost or fee whatsoever involved in joining a similar case. In the event Hagens Berman or any other firm obtains a settlement that provides benefits to class members, the court will decide a reasonable fee to be awarded to the class’s legal team. In no case will any class member ever be asked to pay any out-of-pocket sum.
On Sept. 6, 2022, the court granted preliminary approval of a $1.5 million settlement. A final approval hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2023. Key dates for class members and other important information can be found at the settlement website: brownuniversitysettlement.com.