If you remember the AutoAdmit/xoxohth lawsuit back in 2007, you've probably been waiting for Thomas M. Cooley Law School to get in on the internet defamation action.
Well, the Cooley lawsuits are here, and the school is suing the law firm of Kurzon Strauss LLP and four anonymous bloggers, all of whom have accused the administration of defrauding the student body.
Wait, aren't all law schools a scam?
In explaining its decision to file both suits, Cooley claims that it must "protect the reputation of the school and its students and alumni from defamatory Internet attacks."
If you're laughing, they're not talking about their arguably well-deserved placement at the bottom of the legal barrel. No, they're talking about their reputation as a venerable non-profit organization that adheres to strict ethical standards.
According to the complaint, Kurzon Strauss LLP, has been trolling the internet, looking for plaintiffs and claiming that Cooley has misrepresented its employment numbers and student loan default rates in a bid to increase enrollment.
You can see one of their plaintiff requests here.
And the four anonymous bloggers named in the Cooley lawsuits? Well, at least one claims to be a former student, but all of them consider the school to be a "sham corporation" and have alleged that the administration is at the center of various federal investigations.
Even if these allegations are patently untrue, you have to wonder whether the Cooley lawsuits are the right choice. A cursory glance at a variety of legal websites demonstrates that the school is just garnering more criticism.
And a few more comments calling them a TTT.
- Cooley v. Kurzon Strauss LLP (PDF)
- Cooley v. John Does 1-4 (PDF)
- Fake Lawyer Almost Graduated from Cooley, Pleads Guilty to Theft (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)