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Students and the former chairman of the board of the American Justice School of Law in Paducah, Ky., recently filed a $120 million class action lawsuit in federal court against the school’s administration. Thomas L. Osborne of Paducah’s Osborne & Harris, who resigned as board chairman earlier this month, charged in the 82-page suit that the school’s top administrators have engaged in racketeering, conspiracy, abuse of their offices and other activities “to enrich themselves at the expense of the students.” He and the students also claim that accreditation of the law school by the American Bar Association is unlikely. Besides damages, Osborne and the students are asking for a full accounting of financial records and a restraining order to prevent the school from filing bankruptcy. They named Dean Paul Henrick, Assistant Dean Jarrod Turner and the school’s accountant, Wayne Shelton, as defendants. The law school, which opened in January 2005, has about 200 students. The school’s attorney, Joseph L. Ardery of Louisville’s Frost Brown & Todd, said the school “will reply appropriately” to the allegations in the lawsuit.

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