The Lawyer Fight

Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, a freestanding fourth tier law school in Lansing, Michigan, is facing a class-action lawsuit from former students based on potential manipulation of graduate employment and salary data.

Rather than, say, being honest about placement rates and attempting to reform practices at the school, Cooley has responded by, well, suing those who complain about the school’s quality. According to an article by Karen Sloan at the National Law Journal:

Lawyers for the law school filed a complaint on July 14 against Kurzon Strauss, claiming the firm defamed it in online posts advertising a potential class action. That action stemmed from what Kurzon Strauss has called as the school’s “blatant” manipulation of graduate employment and salary data.

Thomas Cooley filed a separate suit against four anonymous bloggers who have posted unflattering comments about it online.

Right, Cooley is suing the anonymous people who write the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Scam. According to the school’s complaint:

[Rockstar05] made the false and defamatory statements concerning Cooley for the purpose of convincing Cooley students to leave Cooley and to convince prospective Cooley students not to apply/enroll at Cooley.

And so you’re suing the screen name Rockstar05?

“This is the most ridiculous, absurd lawsuit filed in recent history,” Kurzon Strauss attorney David Anziska said in response.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer