ACT Class Action Lawsuit Attorney
The ACT flags students with disabilities test scores, discloses their confidential information to colleges pre-admission, and stigmatizes students with disabilities in the admissions process,” says Rahul Ravipudi of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP. “Not only does this unlawful practice violate the privacy, security and confidentiality of information entrusted to ACT by the students in its care – it does so for profit, and at the expense of America’s most vulnerable students who are striving to further their education.
Our attorneys have filed a class-action lawsuit against ACT that pushes for an important change to protect the rights of students with disabilities. We believe ACT has infringed upon the civil rights of students with disabilities who took the test in California and throughout the country. Our class action claims ACT breached federal and state laws, causing impacted students significant damages. We are in the process of fighting for students’ physical, emotional and financial recoveries. If your child has a disability and recently took the ACT, contact us to speak to a lawyer for free today.
Why Choose Us?
- We have a greater than 99% success rate.
- We have obtained more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients in the last 5 years.
- We have experience taking cases to trial in pursuit of the best possible results.
- We focus on California school district negligence, giving us a unique perspective on the law.
- We make legal representation affordable by charging clients on a contingency fee basis.
When to Call an Attorney
Taking the ACT is a normal part of being a student with college goals. The ACT is a nationally recognized aptitude test that can become a key component of any college application. Unfortunately, for years, ACT engaged in the wrongful practice of selling students’ disability information to colleges and other entities without students’ informed consent.
If your child took the ACT in the last couple of years and has a disability, a lawyer from our firm could help you stand up for his or her rights. A lawyer can help balance the scales between your family and a major educational system such as ACT. Your attorney can fight for justice from ACT in and out of the courtroom. As a plaintiff, hiring an attorney who specializes in protecting the rights of students with disabilities could significantly help your case.
What Did ACT Do Wrong?
We filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against ACT after information surfaced of the entity violating the civil rights of students with disabilities. Our action claimed ACT engaged in the illegal practice of disclosing confidential disability status information to colleges. ACT acquired the disability status of students taking the test, as well as each student’s consent to release the information. Yet our firm argued most students did not realize what they were signing or that it could lead to a college making recruitment decisions based on disability status.
- Disclosing confidential disability information without informed consent nor disclosing to students (or parents) what they would do with the information
- Selling disability information to postsecondary education organizations for marketing and recruitment purposes
- Putting students’ disability statuses and reasonable accommodations on score reports sent to colleges
- Failing to protect the civil rights of students with disabilities, putting them at a profound disadvantage
The act of flagging the test scores of students with disabilities and disclosing confidential information to colleges and other entities was wrong in many ways. ACT’s actions violated both the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Constitution. It also infringed upon students’ civil rights according to the Unruh Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law. Our lawyers aim to protect vulnerable students by going up against ACT in pursuit of civil justice.
Contact Our ACT Class Action Attorneys Today
Since our filing of the initial class action against ACT, a spokesperson has already disclosed that ACT will no longer include self-reported disability information in ACT score reports to colleges. Yet ACT has not yet settled or resolved the lawsuit. Our attorneys continue to fight for students in the face of this blatant infringement of civil rights by ACT. We are passionate about protecting the rights of wronged students. If you believe ACT may have infringed upon your child’s civil rights by sending confidential and sensitive disability information to a college, financial aid office, marketer or any other entity, contact us for a free consultation near you.