UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
October 30, 1997
VANESSA ARMSTRONG, Plaintiff,
ACCREDITING COUNCIL FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION & TRAINING, INC., et al., Defendants.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: LAMBERTH
Upon consideration of Plaintiff's Motion to Amend Judgment and Motion for Entry of Final Judgment Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b), and the response thereto, the Court finds that the Memorandum Opinion and Order of September 30, 1997 should be amended as described below, and that there is no just reason for delay entering final judgment dismissing plaintiff's claims against defendants Secretary of Education, Bank of America NT&SA, California Student Loan Finance Corporation, and Higher Education Assistance Foundation and Transitional Guaranty Agency. The claims against these defendants are separable from the fraud claim that remains to be adjudicated against the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, and this Court's decision to dismiss these claims rests on purely legal issues that can be presented to the Court of Appeals without interfering with the litigation of the remaining claim in this Court. Moreover, there is a danger of hardship if appeal is delayed until the remaining claims are finally adjudicated because of the penalties and sanctions imposed for failure to repay contested student loans. Defendants will not be prejudiced by entry of a final judgment. Thus, both judicial administrative interests and the equities involved favor entry of a final judgment. Therefore, it is hereby, this 30th day of October, 1997,
ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to amend is granted; and it is further
ORDERED that Section VI of the Court's Memorandum Opinion of September 30, 1997 is hereby withdrawn and the last sentence of paragraph 1 of the Court's Order of September 30, 1997 is amended to read: "The third amended and fourth amended claims for relief are dismissed as to the SECRETARY."; and it is further
ORDERED that the second sentence of footnote 7 of the Court's Memorandum Opinion of September 30, 1997 is hereby amended to read: "However, since plaintiff has not pleaded any claims under California statutory law, this court's analysis must presently end upon determining that there is no federal claim against the Secretary based upon an origination relationship."; and it is further
ORDERED that the Clerk is directed to enter final judgment dismissing the Second, Third, and Fourth Claims for Relief in plaintiff's complaint of December 10, 1991, because this Court determines that there is no just reason for delay in entering final judgment with respect to this Court's decision of September 30, 1997, because the claims that the Court has dismissed as a matter of law are separable from the claims that remain to be adjudicated in this action, and there is a danger of hardship if appeal is delayed until the remaining claims are finally adjudicated.
Royce C. Lamberth
United States District Court Judge
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