Despite rejecting the plaintiff's claims, Acosta ended the opinion by saying he was "not unsympathetic to plaintiffs' concerns," and emphasizing that "the practice of law is a noble profession that takes pride in its high ethical standards."
He added, "Indeed, in order to join and continue to enjoy the privilege of being an active member of the legal profession, every prospective and active member of the profession is called upon to demonstrate candor and honesty."
"We're very pleased with the decision," said Venable partner Michael Volpe, counsel to the school. "The legal claims lacked merit."
"The true measure of a legal education is over the course of a career, and any graduate of any law school would have to evaluate the value of their education after years, not just a few months," added Volpe, a 1990 graduate of New York Law.
Jesse Strauss, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said his clients would likely seek leave to appeal.
"The First Department is just wrong on the law," he said. "The fact that they basically found that the employment reports were less than candid and incomplete cannot, as a matter of law, mean that there's no GBL claim."
Strauss said the last section of the opinion amounted to no more than "wagging a finger."
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