LMU Sues ABA

Lincoln Memorial University has levied charges of antitrust violations at the American Bar Association in a U.S. District Court lawsuit affter receiving an email from the organization denying the university’s law school accreditation.
More from the News Sentinel story:
The lawsuit claims the John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law in Knoxville met all the standards for accreditation but was denied approval by the bar association as a means of limiting the number of law schools and therefore the number of lawyers practicing across the country.
“If you, as an institution, meet the standards and they refuse to accredit us, the only logical inference is they’re trying to keep a law school out of competition,” said Sydney Beckman,vice president and dean of the law school.
The Harrogate-based university is asking the court to grant the school provisional accreditation and $3 million in damages, plus attorneys fees.
The school has also filed an emergency motion seeking a temporary restraining order requiring the bar association to remove the notice on its website informing the public of Lincoln Memorial’s denial and distribute a second notice that its accreditation is instead being held in abeyance until the court rules.
Officials at the American Bar Association declined to comment on the suit Thursday on advice from legal counsel, a spokeswoman said.

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