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Alexandra Gomez-Jimenez, et al v. New York Law School

Alexandra Gomez-Jimenez, et al v. New York Law School

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ALEXANDRAGOMEZ-JIMENEZ,SCOTTTIEDKE,KATHERINECOOPER,MATTHEWCRAWFORD,GEOFFREYCORISDEO,SOLINEMcLAIN,RENEERIVAS,GERGANAMITEVA,andCHLOEGILGANonbehalfofthemselvesandallotherssimilarlysituated,Plaintiffs,IndexNo.652226111-against-DECISIONANDORDERDefendants.
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ThisisamotiontodismissacomplaintbroughtbyninegraduatesofNewYorkLawSchool(NYLS)whoallegethatdatapublishedbytheirschoolpertainingtotheschool'sgraduates'employmentandsalariesismisleadingand,infact,fraudulent.'TheyassertthatinhavingreliedonthismisleadinginformationtomaketheirdecisiontoattendNYLS,theynowfindthemselvesindisadvantagedemploymentpositionsand,consequently,theyseekdamagesequaltothedifferencebetweentheallegedinflatedtuitiontheypaidbecauseoftheallegedlymisleadingstatementsandwhattheycharacterizeasthe"truevalue"ofaNYLSdegree,togetherwithcertainexpensestheyincurred.
!Plaintiffsalsoallegethattheyareactingforthemselvesand,purportedly,"forallpersonswhocurrentlyattendorgraduated"fromtheschoolduringthetimeperiodfromAugustII,2005tothepresent(theClassPeriod).
 
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NYLSenrollsapproximately1,500students.Tuitionis$47,800perannum.AmendedComplaint,~10.Accordingtoplaintiffs,NYLShasbeenabletoattractalargenumberofapplicantsandchargeanexpensivepriceforitseducationalservicesbecausetheschoolhasdisseminatedthismisleadinginformationaboutitsgraduates'employmentprofiles.Allegedly,themisleadinginformationhascausedprospectivestudentstomisjudgepost-graduateemploymentprospectsandcommittoearningaNYLSdegreewhichhaslessmarketplacecurrencythantheyreasonablyhadexpected.Plaintiffsallegethatmanyoftheschool'sworkinggraduatesinthelegalsectorholdpart-timeortemporaryemployment,payingbarelyenoughtoservicethedebtincurredtofinancetheirlawschooltuitionandexpenses.
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3-5.PlaintiffAlexandraGomez-JimenezattendedNYLSbetween2004-2007andiscurrentlyamemberingoodstandingoftheNewYorkBar.Aftergraduatingin2007,Ms.Gomez-Jimenezsecuredfull-time,permanentemploymentinApril2008.However,in2009shedecidedtoopenherownfirmandnow"enjoysathrivingpracticeasanimmigrationattorney."
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17.PlaintiffChloeGiliganattendedNYLSbetween2005-2008.Ms.GiliganusedtobeamemberingoodstandingoftheNewYorkBar"untilshevoluntarilyassumedinactivestatusduetothefactthatshewasunabletoobtaingainfulemploymentinthelegalindustry[,]"despitebeinginthetop15percentofherclass.Sincegraduatingfromlawschool,Ms.Giliganfirstworkedasasaleswomaninadepartmentstoreandthenasalegalsecretaryinasmalllawfirm.Currently,shelivesinEnglandanddoesnotpracticelaw.
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25.PlaintiffsScottTiedkeandGerganaMitevaattendedNYLSbetween2006-2009andarebothcurrentlymembersingoodstandingoftheNewYorkBar.Sincegraduatingfromlaw2

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