The New York Times Profiles Ropes & Gray Lawsuit Filed with ABA over Student Loan Forgiveness Program

In The News
March 31, 2017

Ropes & Gray is representing the American Bar Association and four individual plaintiffs on a pro bono basis in a lawsuit filed against the United States Department of Education in December 2016. On March 30, The New York Times profiled the suit in an article that examines Ropes & Gray’s arguments, and also the U.S. Department of Education’s response to the lawsuit.

Ropes & Gray and the ABA’s litigation seeks to stop the Department’s decision to retroactively refuse to honor loan forgiveness commitments it made under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to individuals who have dedicated their careers to public service.

The New York Times article examines how the Department of Education explained in a recent legal filing that the Department might not be in a position to provide clear guidance regarding PSLF-program eligibility to people who participated in the program, despite the Department having initially informed certain individuals that their employment qualified, and thus inducing them to remain in their public service jobs for years before having their credits revoked.

More information about Ropes & Gray’s lawsuit filed in conjunction with the ABA is available here