We have been following the defamation lawsuit filed by Thomas M. Cooley Law School against the Kurzon law firm, a New York plaintiffs law firm. Now, Partner Jeff Kurzon has filed a counter lawsuit against Cooley in New York. Kurzon is pursuing a class-action against the Michigan law school for allegedly fudging employment and student loan statistics.
The latest lawsuit focused on public statements by Cooley’s president, Don LeDuc, who defended his school. He stated “We believe these particular defendants have crossed the line both legally and ethically, calling us criminals who deceive our students and steal their tuition money, and ascribing to us fraudulent student loan activities and default rates that, if true, would cause either the Department of Education or the Department of Justice to shut us down immediately.” Statements like that fall short in my view of defamation. They sound like opinion given in the context of a defense to a lawsuit.
The latest complaint also focused on the school’s allegation that the law firm circulated a draft class action complaint on Craigslist and Facebook in an attempt to lure potential plaintiffs.
I am still trying to get a full copy of the complaint.
While the legal field has experienced a downturn, Cooley appears to be generating a fair amount of legal work these days.