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Class Action Complaint Brought Against Purdue University

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A class action complaint was filed against the Purdue University Board of Trustees for COVID-19 related tuition and fee reimbursements. 

The complaint was filed May 20 in the Tippecanoe County Circuit Court by Indianapolis-based Cox Law Office and Charleston, South Carolina-based Anastopoulo Law Firm.

This is the same group that filed a similar complaint against Indiana University earlier this month. 

The plaintiff, in this case, is Elijah Seslar who is an Indiana resident and Purdue University Fort Wayne undergraduate finance student according to the complaint. 

The complaint states it is seeking reimbursement for services not delivered to students. 

Purdue University spokesperson Tim Doty had provided the following statement Thursday morning.

"We just received a copy of the complaint yesterday evening and are still reviewing it. We’ve not yet been served."

When spoken to about the similar complaint against IU, Lawyer Roy Willey of South Carolina said the class-action suit is about fairness. 

“The mom and pop bakery down the street can’t charge you for a bagel they don’t deliver to you tomorrow,” Willey said. “Colleges and universities should be no different. They shouldn’t be able to charge their customers for services and access they’re not providing.”

This story has been updated.