When asked about the lawsuit, Anziska stated, "This is one of the most ridiculous, absurd lawsuits filed in recent memory."
When I first wrote about the allegations that Burns sent to me, the associate dean of legal affairs and general counsel, James Thelen, at Cooley insisted that I remove my posts. After I spoke with my own legal counsel, I refused to remove any of my earlier posts. But - and as requested by Thelen - I did post his letter to me.
In that note, Thelen wrote:
Your report regarding Thomas M. Cooley Law School is, at best, false and misleading; at worst, it is defamatory and actionable. A simple Google search would have demonstrated that the defamatory material passed off as truth – admittedly by your own “hunch” – is nothing but a regurgitated Internet rumor circulated and discredited months ago. (I’ve reviewed too your Twitter feed regarding these allegations, which is stated as fact and is thus defamatory as well.)He continued:
You should immediately remove these defamatory postings from your “All Education Matters” blog page, as well as from your Twitter feed and any other site that you control. I also expect that you will post an appropriate statement of the reason for your retractions.You can read the entire letter below in the related links.
I will be following these suits carefully, and will provide updates.
"Cooley Law School Files Suit to Protect Students, Alumni, and Reputation," Thomas M Cooley Law School (July 14, 2011)
"Thomas M Cooley Law School - What Are They Hiding?" AEM (June 15, 2011)
"Thomas M Cooley Law School Scam"
"Repost - Investigating Law Schools (Class Action Suit)," AEM (May 22, 2011)
"[UPDATE] Dean Jame Thelen from Thomas M Cooley Law School Responds with a Threatening Letter," AEM (April 28, 2011)
"Part II: Thomas M Cooley Law School," AEM (April 28, 2011)
"[UPDATED] MUST READ: Thomas M Cooley Law School Under Investigation For Serious Title IV Violations," AEM (April 27, 2011)