Legal Proceedings Timeline
Below is the legal proceedings timeline of the lawsuit filed by individuals against Rider University on June 20, 2017.
The Coalition To Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Inc. is NOT a plaintiff on the lawsuit.
The seven (7) Student and Parent Plaintiffs are represented by Eric Vaughn-Flam, Esq.
The two (2) Alumni and two (2) WCC supporters are represented by Bruce Afran, Esq.
Bruce Afran does NOT represent the Coalition To Save Westminster Choir College In Princeton, Inc.
Yesterday, October 16, Rider University filed their 2nd Motion To Dismiss the second Amended Complaint. Unlike Rider University’s first amended complaint, challenging jurisdiction because we filed in Federal Court – Southern District in New York City, Rider is no longer challenging jurisdiction. Student and Parent Plaintiffs consider this a victory concerning Rider’s jurisdictional challenge.
Below are the documents filed on behalf of Rider University:
- Rider University Brief In Support Of Its Motion To Dismiss
- Declaration by Jonathan Meer, Vice President of Rider University
- Rider University Request To Hold Oral Arguments
- Notice of Rider University’s Motion To Dismiss
September 25, 2017 – Second Amended Complaint Is Filed.
In addition to alleging violation of the 1991 Merger Agreement, the second amended complaint includes anticipatory breach, financial damages to plaintiffs for deceptive practices and fraudulent acts committed by Rider University.
Click here to view the complaint.
September 6, 2017 – Joint Letter To Court For Initial Court Conference On September 13 at 2:15 PM.
Click here to view the letter.
August 25, 2017 – Initial Conference at Federal Court in NYC is rescheduled to September 13, 2:15pm.
MEMO ENDORSEMENT on LETTER  granting  Letter Motion to Adjourn Conference. The conference shall be adjourned to September 13, 2017 at 2:15 p.m. The parties shall submit their joint letter and proposed case management plan by September 6, 2017. SO ORDERED. (Initial Conference set for 9/13/2017 at 02:15 PM before Judge Ronnie Abrams.) (Signed by Judge Ronnie Abrams on 8/25/2017) (anc)
August 25, 2017 – Letter from Rider University attorney, Anthony Stio, Esq. to Judge Abrams in response to Eric Vaughn-Flam’s letter and addressing Rider’s Motion to Dismiss, Initial Conference and our new amended complaint to be filed.
Click here to view the letter from Rider University attorney, Anthony Stio, Esq. to Judge Abrams.
August 24, 2017 – Eric Vaughn-Flam, Esq. submits letter to Judge Abrams addressing Rider’s Motion to Dismiss, Initial Conference and notice of new amended complaint to be filed.
Click here to view the letter from Eric Vaughn-Flam, Esq. to Judge Abrams.
August 20, 2017 – All Student and Parent Plaintiffs retain new Legal Counsel, Eric Vaughn-Flam, Esq., to represent their interests.
Click here to view Eric Vaughn-Flam’s Notice of Appearance to represent ALL student and parent plaintiffs on the lawsuit. Student and Parent Plaintiffs represented by Eric Vaughn-Flam are: Matt Koller, Mona Davids, Elizabeth Cooksey, Mark Haffner, Palmer Haffner, Christian Koller and Mymoena Davids.
August 18, 2017 – Rider University files their Motion to Dismiss arguing only jurisdiction, not arguing they did not violate the 1991 Merger Agreement.
Click here to view Rider University’s Brief in Support of the Motion To Dismiss Plaintiffs Amended Complaint.
Click here to view the Declaration of Jonathan Meer.
Click here to view the Notice of Defendant Rider University’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs Amended Complaint.
Click here to view the Corporate Disclosure Statement of Defendant Rider University.
June 27, 2017 – The Order and Notice of Initial Conference from Judge Abrams setting first conference and due date of August 25 on information requested in her letter.
Click here to view the Order and Notice of Initial Conference from Federal Court Judge Ronnie Abrams.
June 20, 2017 – Lawsuit is filed against Rider University for violating the 1991 Merger Agreement between Westminster Choir College and Rider College.
Click here to read the complaint filed on June 20, 2017 filed by Bruce Afran, Esq.
Click here to read the 1991 Merger Agreement between Westminster and Rider College.
Click here to read the 1991 Agreement between Westminster and the Princeton Theological Seminary.