In litigation, not every strategy is going to pay off. In the class action lawsuit against Thomas M. Cooley Law School, plaintiffs contended that the job placement data released misrepresented reality. Therefore, they alleged the school violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA).
U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist did not agree, reports THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL. He tossed the case, framing the decision to purchase three years of law school as a B2B transaction, not a consumer one. If the plaintiffs want to pursue this kind of lawsuit, they will have to figure out another strategy.
This is the second time such a lawsuit has been shot down. The first was that filed against New York Law School. Clearly, with all the statistics about downsized hiring and compensation for newbie JDs this is a situation of Buyer Beware. It would make a fascinating documentary to interview the Class of 2015 and ask them why they decided to invest three years and six figures in attending law school. My hunch is that we will bear witness to myriad versions of magical thinking.