taxguy wrote:I am not a Cooley fan,but starting this law suit was VERY clever. Why? There are several reasons:
1. The best defense is a good offense. They saw the writing on the wall that the law firm was probably intending to bring a class action suit against them. This way, they nip this immediately and stop the potential suit.
2. Secondly the get great publicity from this, particularly if they win.
3. They put a chill on any unsupported negative factual comments about Cooley. This will certainly have the effect of reducing a lot of the negative comments and naysayers.
Bottom line: Whatever your opinion of Cooley,it really was a clever move. The only potential downside would be if the law firm can indeed prove its case regarding Cooley. That would be a huge public embarrassment for the law school. Even worse, if the law firm can prove that its alledged factual allegations were true, they would have one heck of a good class action case not to mention could affect Cooley's accreditation. Thus, it is a bit of a crap shoot by the law school. However, my opinion is that they made the right move in instituting this suit.
I'm not sure the brilliance of this move is undeniable. Sometimes when you're a scam artist marketing an inferior product to thousands of unsuspecting kids, the correct move is not always to bring national attention to the allegations.
I'm also unconvinced this will have any chilling effect on negative comments against Cooley. It's the Internet, baby!
And sometimes the best defense is actually just a really good defense.