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Biden Administration Goes to Bat for Betsy DeVos, Tries to Shield Her from Deposition in Students’ Class Action Lawsuit | Law and Crime

The Biden administration argued Wednesday that former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos should not have to give deposition testimony in a class action suit over the Department of Education’s (DOE) mishandling of thousands of student loans.

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DeVos Urges Skeptical 9th Circ. To Quash Loan Relief Depo | Law360

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to quash her deposition subpoena in a lawsuit by student borrowers seeking forgiveness from “predatory” for-profit college loans, but panelists indicated they were struggling to see how the lower court “clearly erred” issuing it.

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Can Biden Cancel Student Debt? It Depends Who You Ask | Inside Higher Ed

Four months ago, it was announced that President Biden had directed the Department of Education and the Department of Justice to examine his legal authority to unilaterally cancel student loan debt. Though the results of the inquiry haven’t yet been released publicly, other legal experts have already tackled the question — with fundamental disagreement between them on the limits of the president’s power.

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Biden Administration Drops Appeal of Legal Decision Granting former Corinthian Colleges Students Debt Relief | Washington Post

A group of 7,200 former students of the defunct for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges will have their federal student loans canceled after the Education Department agreed Thursday to drop its appeal of a court order to clear their debts. The decision arrives more than a year after a federal judge ruled that the students in Massachusetts were entitled to a full discharge of their loans under a statute known as borrower defense to repayment. The Trump administration fought the order and brought the case to a standstill, but borrowers were hopeful the Biden administration would concede.

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Is This A Game Changer For Student Loan Cancellation? | Forbes

The hiring of a new assistant general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education who co-authored a letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) supporting wide-scale student loan cancellation shouldn’t be interpreted as the Biden administration will now “automatically” enact wide-scale student loan forgiveness.

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Biden Education Department Hires Vocal Proponent of Canceling Student Debt | The Hill

The Biden administration has hired a vocal proponent of canceling student debt for a key post in the Education Department. The Education Department hired Toby Merrill to serve as deputy general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, the agency said in a statement.

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Yahoo Finance Video Senators Urge Education Department to Fix Student Loan Forgiveness Programs | Yahoo Finance

Yahoo Finance’s Aarthi Swaminathan joins the Yahoo Finance Live panel top discuss Senators urging the Education Department to fix forgiveness programs as payment cliff nears.

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Professor Who Backed Warren’s Debt Cancellation Plan Appointed for Education Department Role | Yahoo

A Harvard law professor who said the education secretary has legal authority to forgive $50,000 in student debt per person as Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed was appointed to serve in the Department of Education’s legal division. Toby Merrill, founder of the Project on Predatory Student Lending, which provides legal representation to low-income borrowers against for-profit schools, will serve as the deputy general counsel within the Education Department’s Office of General Counsel, the agency announced Tuesday.

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Biden’s Education Dept. Just Hired Elizabeth Warren’s Student-Loans Expert, Who Studied Predatory Lending at Harvard | Business Insider

A new hire at the Education Department is another in the growing number of experts who have fought alongside Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to reform the student-loan debt system. Toby Merrill, founder of the Project of Predatory Student Lending at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, was hired as the Education Department’s Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel on Tuesday, according to a press release.

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Did The Biden Administration Just Send A Big Signal On Student Loan Cancellation? | Forbes

The Biden administration may have just given proponents of broad student loan forgiveness a reason to hold out hope that the President will take action on student debt. The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that it would be hiring Toby Merrill as Deputy General Counsel. Merrill previously founded and directed the Project on Predatory Student Lending, a legal services organization that represents low-income borrowers who have been harmed by the predatory practices of for-profit schools.

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