The American Bar Association has asked a federal panel to consolidate three accreditation lawsuits filed against it last month by InfiLaw Corp. and its for-profit law schools.

The suits, focused on the ABA’s sanctions against Florida Coastal School of Law, the now-closed Charlotte School of Law, and Arizona Summit Law School, raise nearly identical issues, according to a motion filed May 30 by the ABA to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Allowing the suits to proceed independently risks district courts reaching inconsistent rulings on how the ABA accredits law schools, according to the motion. That, in turn, would throw the ABA’s accreditation activities into chaos.

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