To resolve numerous lawsuits against Mountain State University (MSU) by former MSU students (plaintiffs) without further protracted litigation, MSU and the plaintiffs have agreed to a proposed settlement of these
lawsuits and related matters.
The settlement is based on a pool of funds created
from MSU’s assets, insurance and other sources.
The regional campuses of the University of Charleston (UC) in Beckley and
Martinsburg, W.Va., have been located on real estate owned by MSU and leased
to UC since 2013. To provide settlement funds for the plaintiffs, MSU has agreed
to sell its real estate and the majority of the contents in the buildings. UC will not
be able to remain on this real estate and operate its regional campuses at MSU
facilities beyond the 2014-15 academic year. UC therefore must restructure its
academic program offerings.
“UC understands the need for the settlement and supports it,” said UC President
Dr. Ed Welch. “UC will continue to offer all but our culinary arts programs at the
UC-Beckley campus this year, and we will work with community leaders to
identify another location in Beckley to offer needed programs after this coming
In Martinsburg, UC will move its esteemed leadership programs to National
“On behalf of Mountain State University’s former students, we are pleased that
the parties were able to propose a settlement in this case,”
said Anthony J. Majestro, liaison counsel for the plaintiffs.
“Mountain State University has agreed to commit all of its assets to the proposed
settlement,” Majestro said. “The settlement, which must be approved by the court,
will finally end the litigation and allow the students to receive some compensation
for their losses.”
This proposed settlement releases MSU from any further litigation from former
MSU students, and MSU admits no wrongdoing as part of the agreement.
If the proposed settlement receives preliminary approval from the court, the
terms of the settlement will be provided to the affected parties, a hearing will be
scheduled and all affected parties will be given an opportunity to be heard on the
matter. Final approval of the settlement would come at a later date after the
process is completed.
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