What Is Value of Sorority Membership To Students and Their Mothers?
Plaintiffs must each claim damages of more than $75,000 to sue in federal court over denial of daughters’ admission
What are the potential damages to two Howard University students denied admission to the famed Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority chapter on campus, and their mothers who are graduate members of AKA who have dreamed for years of seeing their daughters join the Sorority? This was a threshold question in a suit filed by the students and their mothers against the Sorority and the University when the students were not admitted. The federal District Court in the District of Columbia has refused to dismiss the complaint on jurisdictional grounds because it was not a “legal certainty” that the plaintiffs could not prove such damages. The Court nevertheless dismissed most of the substantive claims of their...
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