What Is This Lawsuit About?
The class action being settled is captioned Krystian Wnorowski, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated v. University of New Haven, Case No. 3:20-cv-1589 (D. Conn.) This case is a putative class action, meaning that the Settlement Class Representative—Krystian Wnorowski— brought this action as an individual acting on behalf of a putative class of all people who paid tuition and/or fees for the Spring 2020 semester at UNH. The Settlement Class Representative alleged claims for breach of contract and unjust enrichment based on UNH’s transition to remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. UNH denies all allegations of wrongdoing and there has been no finding of liability in any court. After substantial class discovery, class certification briefing, motion for summary judgment briefing, and substantial negotiations with the help of Honorable Magistrate Judge S. Dave Vatti, the Parties came to the proposed Settlement.
Who Is in the Settlement Class?
If you were a UNH student enrolled in a UNH course as of March 24, 2020 and were not a non-matriculated high school student at that time and you do not opt out, you are part of the proposed settlement class (a “Settlement Class Member”) affected by this lawsuit.
What Does this Settlement Provide?
Considering the interest of both UNH and its students in prompt resolution of the matter, UNH and Plaintiff have agreed that, to resolve this Action, UNH will pay $1,000,000 into a Cash Settlement Fund to be divided evenly among Settlement Class Members who do not opt out. UNH also will offer a one-time non-cash $200 tuition credit to eligible Settlement Class Members, which credit will be used to reduce the tuition for enrollment in a UNH course commencing in September 2023 or later.