Judges Consider Appeal In Dismissed Mount Ida College Class-Action Lawsuit

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Attorneys representing former students of the now-shuttered Mount Ida College are hoping to appeal their dismissed class-action lawsuit, which claimed the school did not properly inform students of its plans to close.

Oral arguments were heard in federal court in Boston Monday regarding that class-action suit, with Judges Sandra Lynch, Norman Stahl, and William Kayatta questioning both sets of lawyers.

Mount Ida closed its doors in April 2018, affecting over 1,400 students.

The judges asked whether attorneys representing students could prove Mount Ida was required to notify each individual student of the potential closure. They also asked attorneys representing the college's former president if the school's financial information was readily accessible.

Attorney Joshua Garick, representing the students, said he felt confident they could prove Mount Ida knew it was going to close, and failed to let students know. He claims the college and its administrators had the duty to inform students before they were left scrambling to find where to finish their education.

However, the other side argued Mount Ida met its requirements. They claimed the class-action suit, which was dismissed last year after a federal judge ruled colleges do not have a fiduciary duty to their students, was frivolous.

It could take several months for the panel of judges to return with a decision.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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