How many lawyers will it take to determine if admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is free and if that is the case does the institution mislead visitors into believing they have to pony up $25 to get in?
Likely, a lot, just as there have been plenty of lawyers involved in determining if law schools mislead students about the number of graduates who obtained jobs practing law within nine months of graduation. Incidentally, those lawsuits are still alive in California.
THE NEW YORK TIMES reports that two Met members Theodore Grunewald and Patricia Nicholson have filed a lawsuit contending that the museum uses tactics such as tiny lettering to indicate that paying for admission is not required. The Met, in turn, argues that it is no longer required by city policy regarding its lease to provide free admission. However, in reading reports about this weighty issue, I find great ambiguity if admission is indeed free and if there is bad faith in making that known to the public.
Given that at least one side - the Met - has access to top legal minds, this could be a fascinating situation to follow.