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Update | Borrowers Raise Concern over Borrower Defense Denials

Judge Calls Devos Student Loan Forgiveness Process ‘Disturbingly Kafkaesque’ | The Hill

U.S. District Judge William Alsup has denied a class settlement meant to address 160,000 student loan forgiveness claims that had gone undecided for over a year, saying Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had rejected too many claims without justification.

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Alsup Slams Dept. Of Education’s Student Loan Relief Deal | Law360

U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected a class settlement Monday between the U. S. Department of Education and student loan borrowers seeking forgiveness from “predatory” for-profit college loans, after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sent perfunctory denial letters…

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Judge Rebukes Betsy DeVos’s ‘Disturbingly Kafkaesque’ and ‘Potentially Unlawful’ Denials of Students Seeking Debt Relief | Law and Crime

A federal judge in California on Monday issued a scathing rebuke of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, saying that her department has failed to process applications for student loan forgiveness and issued mass denials without proper consideration.

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Judge Rejects Settlement Over Stalled Student Debt Relief Claims, Blames DeVos for Harming Borrowers | Washington Post

A federal judge on Monday rejected a proposed settlement between the Trump administration and defrauded borrowers after the Education Department revealed its widespread denials of requests for student debt cancellation. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in the Northern District of California blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for denying 94 percent of the debt relief claims the department has processed since reaching the agreement in April.

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DeVos’ Settlement With For-Profit College Borrowers Rejected | Bloomberg Law

A California federal judge rejected a settlement Tuesday that would have given the Department of Education an 18-month deadline to answer loan forgiveness applications by 160,000 students who say their for-profit colleges misled them to get them to enroll.

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Judge Rejects Settlement, Fast-Tracks Student Debt Relief Class Action | Courthouse News Service

Finding strong indications of “bad faith” in the way Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denied 94% of student debt relief claims in recent months, a federal judge rejected a proposed settlement Monday night and fast-tracked a lawsuit over long delays in deciding borrower defense claims.

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Judge Blasts DeVos’ Sweeping Denials of Student Loan Relief Claims as ‘Disturbingly Kafkaesque’ | Politico

A federal judge scrapped a settlement Tuesday over the Trump administration’s slow processing of loan forgiveness for borrowers who have accused their colleges of fraud, ruling that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos undermined the deal.

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Judge Slams DeVos For Blanket Denials Of Student Loan Forgiveness, Cites “Irreparable Harm” To Borrowers | Forbes

A federal judge issued a scathing rebuke to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for issuing mass denials of student loan forgiveness applications. “The Secretary’s new perfunctory denial notices… contradict her original justification for delay, raise substantial questions under [federal law], and may impose irreparable harm upon the class of student-loan borrowers,” Judge William Alsup, of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, wrote in his decision yesterday.

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In New Ruling, Judge Denies Borrower Defense Settlement Over Department of Education’s “Perfunctory, Alarmingly-Curt Denials” | Press Release

A federal court issued a new ruling in the borrower defense case Sweet v. DeVos that shuts down a proposed settlement, raises the possibility of an injunction against the Department’s blanket borrower defense denials, and takes the unusual step of allowing plaintiffs to take depositions of officials from the Department of Education.

Student Borrowers Speak Out in Unprecedented 500-Person Court Hearing on Borrower Defense | Blog

During a time when people have been more isolated than ever, student borrowers came together from across the country, gathering on Zoom for a remote hearing. They were there to share their views with the court about the proposed settlement in the borrower defense class action lawsuit, Sweet v. DeVos, in which the Department of Education agreed to decide on the more than 100,000 pending borrower defense applications within 18 months.