UC loses fee case, must pay millions

first_img “The university believes that there was no contract regarding the amount of fees,” he said. “All the increases which were prompted by the state crisis were justified.” The court also found that UC broke contracts with more than 47,000 students when their educational fees were raised after they had enrolled and been billed in 2003. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant UC officials say it was always made clear to students that fees could change under certain circumstances. They say the state’s budget crisis of the past few years and subsequent cut in UC funding forced them to ask students to pay more. In his ruling made public Monday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge James L. Warren found that UC broke its promise to students who first enrolled in professional schools in 2002 or earlier. The ruling said contracts were breached with other students when fees were raised in 2003 after they had been billed. He ruled that the school should pay nearly $34 million to more than 9,000 students, but no payments will be made while the case is pending. Mo Kashmiri, a UC Berkeley law school graduate and one of the original plaintiffs, said the ruling was “a great victory for students.” Still, he said he was disappointed UC will be filing an appeal. “They’re going to waste a lot of money in legal fees,” he said. Spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said UC officials believe the ruling is incorrect. BERKELEY – A judge says the University of California owes millions to students who sued claiming that fee increases amounted to a breach of contract. UC officials, who maintain there was no contract, said Monday that they will appeal the ruling. The case stems from a suit filed by professional students alleging that UC failed to keep a promise to keep fees stable during their three-year course of study. In fact, fees increased a number of times. last_img read more