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New York Law School Suit Dismissal Upheld by Appeals Court

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Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The dismissal of a lawsuit against New York Law School filed by former students who accused the school of inflating statistics on graduates’ jobs and pay was upheld by an appeals court.

The students sued the school in August 2011, accusing it of knowingly inflating employment and salary statistics to recruit and retain students. New York State Supreme Court Justice Melvin L. Schweitzer threw out the suit in March, saying the school’s marketing materials weren’t misleading and that the students had enough information about job prospects from other sources.

An appeals court in Manhattan upheld dismissal of the suit in a ruling today, saying that the school’s disclosures weren’t false or misleading although they were “unquestionably incomplete.”

“While we are troubled by the unquestionably less than candid and incomplete disclosures, a party does not violate” a New York state law prohibiting deceptive acts or practices “by simply publishing truthful information and allowing consumers to make their own assumptions about the nature of the information,” Justice Rolando T. Acosta wrote in a unanimous opinion.

New York Law School, founded in 1891, is one of the oldest independent law schools in the U.S. with about 1,500 students, according to its website.

The case is Gomez-Jimenez v. New York Law School, 652226/2011, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Dolmetsch in New York at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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