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Kingsepp v. Wesleyan University

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
763 F. Supp. 22 (1991)


Facts

Roger Kingsepp (plaintiff) was a student at Wesleyan University (Wesleyan) when he filed a putative class action antitrust lawsuit against Wesleyan, the president and trustees of Williams College (Williams), and the trustees of Dartmouth College (Dartmouth) (defendants), alleging a conspiracy to fix or artificially inflate tuition fees and financial aid. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The defendants moved to dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction and improper venue. Wesleyan and Williams are United States corporations, and Dartmouth is organized as a trust. Dartmouth has no address or phone number in New York, but conducts numerous recruiting visits to New York high schools. Dartmouth also has engaged in significant business activities in the state, including banking, bonds, and real estate ownership.

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