8 States Support Lawsuit Against Education Department Over For-Profit Colleges

October 12, 2018 AT 10:40 AM

By Samantha Masunaga

California and seven other states have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit brought against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos by former Corinthian Colleges students who allege the department is unfairly denying student loan debt relief to students of the now-defunct for-profit school system.

The brief was filed Wednesday in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco. It was signed by California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, along with attorneys general from Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Washington.

The Education Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The original class-action lawsuit, Martin Calvillo Manriquez vs. DeVos, was filed in December. It alleged that the Education Department’s delay in processing student loan-relief claims was “unreasonable” and that the department “unlawfully withheld the benefits of its rule.”

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