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Regents of the University of Minnesota

Staubus v. Regents of the University of Minnesota
Case No. 27-CV-20-8546

On June 17, 2020,, together with our co-counsel Stephan Zouras, LLP, we filed a class action lawsuit in Hennepin County, Minnesota on behalf of University of Minnesota students, to recover mandatory fees paid for the Spring 2020 academic semester.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these students paid fees for educational and experiential services that they ultimately did not receive. The lawsuit alleges the University system breach its contract with students, or were inequitably enriched, when it failed to adequately refund students for these fees and costs.

On or around March 16, 2020, students were instructed to move out of on-campus housing and return to their permanent addresses for the remainder of the semester. The complaint alleges this decision deprived students of access to campus facilities, student activities, and other benefits and services for which they had already paid. The complaint further alleges that the University of Minnesota has refused to provide proper reimbursement for the portion of the fees that fund the educational and experiential services that it no longer provided as of March 16, 2020.

Type of Case



Am I eligible?

The class seeks to represent  all people who paid fees for or on behalf of students enrolled in classes at the University of Minnesota for the Spring 2020 semester. If you have questions about whether you are included in these classes, contact us.

Additional Information

What is a Class Action?

In a class action lawsuit, one or more people, called the “class representatives,” sue on behalf of themselves and other people who have similar claims. Together, this group of people is called a “class” or “class members.” The class representative and the class members together are called the “Plaintiffs.” The companies they sue are called the “Defendants.” The judge or jury resolves the claims for everyone in the class—except those who ask to be excluded from the lawsuit.

How Long will this Take?

Class actions can often take years. The length of time for a case can vary extensively.  Please check this page periodically for updates on the case’s status.

How do I Join This Case?

As part of our investigatory efforts, we are interested in speaking with others who paid costs towards mandatory and other additional fees for the Spring 2020 academic semester at University of Minnesota. You may contact us toll free at 1-877-448-0492 or email Attorney Rebekah Bailey at

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