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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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Biden Administration Backs DeVos in Fight Over Testifying About Loan Forgiveness | Politico

The Biden administration is backing former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she tries to avoid having to testify in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s lengthy delays and sweeping denials of student loan forgiveness claims.

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Biden Admin Teams Up with Ex-Trump DOJ Official to Defend Betsy DeVos Against Ripped-Off College Students | Law and Crime

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Joe Biden is going to the mat for former secretary of education Betsy DeVos. In a Monday filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton and other DOJ attorneys argued that students who were ripped off by for-profit scam colleges cannot depose the former Trump-era official.

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“Attacking the Concept of Debt” | Harvard Magazine

Only a few years ago, Douglas Jones, who worked night shifts as a security guard at a nursing home in Roxbury, was hesitant to spend even $10 more than his typical budget allowed. Payments on his student loan debt were being withdrawn directly from his bank account. If the balance was short—for instance, if Jones hadn’t managed to get 40 hours at his job that week—the bank charged an overdraft fee. The debt had ruined his credit score and he hadn’t had a credit card in years. “They were even taking money I didn’t have,” Jones says. “It was stressing me the hell out.” Along with millions of other Americans, Jones had fallen prey to the for-profit college industry, which is in essence a two-pronged system—federal loans at one end and for-profit schools designed to access those loans at the other.

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DeVos and Education Dept. could face new sanctions for violating a court order | The Washington Post

A federal judge is weighing higher fines for the Education Department after the federal agency disclosed that it pursued scores of additional borrowers for debt collection — violating a court order.

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