Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 27, 2012

Lawsuits against Mountain State U. top 20

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Shepherdstown attorney has filed another student lawsuit against Mountain State University.

The latest lawsuit brings to 21 the number of cases filed against Mountain State in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg by attorney Sherman Lambert Sr.'s firm.

Lambert tells The Journal (http://bit.ly/TqBpk8 ) that all the lawsuits accuse Mountain State entities and a former president of racketeering activities.

Mountain State is closing after an appeals panel of the Higher Learning Commission denied the school's bid to regain its accreditation.

The commission revoked the private Beckley-based school's accreditation in June because of leadership, organizational and integrity issues.

The University of Charleston took over Mountain State's campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg so students could complete their degrees. The commission has approved UC's expansion to the facilities.

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