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After Students Testify, Judge Slaps DeVos For Wholesale Rejection of Loan Relief | Republic Report

Late Monday, a federal judge rejected a settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by former students who say they were defrauded by their for-profit colleges and want Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education to stop delaying action on their claims to have their student loan debt cancelled. Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco ruled after holding an October 1 hearing, via Zoom, where people could address the court in favor of or against the settlement. In that settlement agreement, DeVos’s Department committed to move ahead with review of the students’ claims.

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Judge Slams DeVos for Rejecting 94% of Loan Relief Claims | Associated Press

Months after vowing to process a backlog of 160,000 requests for loan forgiveness from students who say they were defrauded by their schools, the U.S. Education Department has rejected 94% of claims it has reviewed, according to a federal judge who is demanding justification for the “blistering pace” of denials.

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Federal Judge Considers Stopping Rejection of Borrower-Defense Claims | Inside Higher Ed

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In a strongly worded order, a federal judge in California is signaling that he may put a stop to the Education Department’s nearly universal denials of requests by those who have been defrauded by for-profit colleges to have their student debts canceled.

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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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