Los Angeles Superior Court Confirms that Proposed Class Action Lawsuit Challenging USC’s Deception of Students in its Online Master of Social Work Program Will Go Forward

On April 2, 2024, the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a decision in Luna v. University of Southern California largely denying the University of Southern California’s (USC) attempts to dismiss Plaintiffs’ claims and narrow the case.  The court confirmed that all of the plaintiffs can proceed with their claims that USC misrepresents to students that its online Master of Social Work (MSW) program is exactly the “same” as USC’s long-standing and well-respected on-campus MSW program, when in reality USC outsourced the online program to a for-profit partner and provided different content and services.  The misrepresentation claims now proceed to discovery and class certification.  The court also allowed Plaintiffs to plead additional facts to support their assertion that USC racially targeted prospective students for hard sell techniques in violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.

The court’s decision is available here, and further information about the case is available on the website for co-counsel The Project on Predatory Student Lending here.