A federal judge has denied Liberty University’s motion to dismiss a putative class action case regarding its students’ allegations that the university should refund them for their spring 2020 student fees since its campus closed for the COVID-19 outbreak.

Three anonymous students—identified only in court documents as Students A, B and D—at the Lynchburg, Virginia-based college filed the complaint in April 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The students sought to recover the costs of services and activities for the spring 2020 academic semester and alleged that they lost the benefits of those services and activities on account of Liberty’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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