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Harvard Sues Insurer to Recoup Legal Fees After Admissions Lawsuit Exceeds $25 Million

After racking up more than $25 million in legal fees defending its admissions practices against anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, Harvard filed suit against its excess insurance company Friday for allegedly refusing to cover legal fees in the ongoing SFFA case.


Supreme Court Delays Decision on Reviewing Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday requested input from the Biden administration on Students for Fair Admissions’s lawsuit against Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies, likely extending the long-running legal battle for at least several more months.


Supreme Court To Consider Taking Up Harvard Admissions Lawsuit During June 10 Conference

Supreme Court justices will discuss whether to take up a case against Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies during their weekly conference on June 10, with a decision on whether to accept the petition from anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions likely coming as soon as June 14.


‘No Persuasive Evidence’: Harvard Files Brief Opposing Students for Fair Admissions’ Petition to SCOTUS

Harvard filed an opposition brief Monday urging the Supreme Court to reject a petition by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, which in February requested the court review a lower court’s decision to uphold Harvard’s race-conscious admissions practices.


Texas Files Amicus Brief Supporting SFFA in Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

The state of Texas filed an amicus brief Tuesday in favor of the anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard over its race-conscious admissions policies.


How SFFA Is Trying to Convince SCOTUS To Hear Its Suit Against Harvard

When the anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard College over its race-conscious admissions practices petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case last week, Students for Fair Admissions reiterated arguments it has made since first suing Harvard roughly seven years ago — and also introduced fresh arguments to the justices of the nation’s highest court.


Students for Fair Admissions Petitions SCOTUS to Take Up Suit Against Harvard’s Race-Conscious Admissions

The anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions petitioned the United States Supreme Court Thursday to review a lower court’s decision upholding Harvard’s race-conscious admissions practices, marking the latest development in a nearly seven-year-long, high-profile legal battle that could determine the future of race-conscious admissions in higher education.


Bacow ‘Hopeful’ Biden DOJ Will Back Harvard if Admissions Suit Reaches Supreme Court

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Wednesday he is “hopeful” the Department of Justice will side with Harvard should the Supreme Court take up a lawsuit brought against the University by the anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions.


Justice Department Drops Yale Admissions Lawsuit, Signifying Likely Shift in Harvard Suit

The U.S. Department of Justice dropped a lawsuit accusing Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and white applicants on Wednesday, leaving it all but inevitable that the new presidential administration will withdraw its support for a similar suit against Harvard.


‘Complete Switch in Position’: Legal Experts Say Biden Likely to Back Harvard in Race-Conscious Admissions Suit

Many education and legal experts expect President-elect Joe Biden's Justice Department will extend support to universities — including Harvard — currently embroiled in legal challenges from anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions.


Video: SFFA-Harvard Admissions Suit Observers Anticipate Change in Affirmative Action Attitudes Under Biden

Many education and legal experts expect President-elect Joe Biden's Department of Justice to extend support to universities — including Harvard — currently embroiled in legal challenges from anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions.


Harvard and the Biden Administration

As Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, a team of Crimson reporters explored how the Biden administration will affect international students, admissions, labor, and everything in between at Harvard. Here's a look at how the Biden administration will reshape the University — and what role Harvard will play in shaping it.


Video: Biden and the SFFA Lawsuit, Explained

Many education and legal experts expect President-elect Joe Biden's Department of Justice to extend support to universities — including Harvard — currently embroiled in legal challenges from anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions.


Experts Envision Roads to Supreme Court for Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

With SFFA President Edward J. Blum pledging to further appeal the SFFA v. Harvard lawsuit, legal experts say they are confident SFFA will try to take the case to the Supreme Court. They also say that if that effort succeeds, the Court’s virtually unprecedented conservative makeup would prove a threat to race-conscious admissions and longstanding precedent in affirmative action.


Moakley Courthouse

The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision upholding the legality of Harvard's race-conscious admissions process earlier this year.


Amid Ongoing SFFA-Harvard Appeal, Justice Department Continues Investigation into Harvard Admissions

The United States Department of Justice confirmed Monday afternoon that it is continuing to investigate Harvard’s admissions programs for discrimination, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by The Harvard Crimson on Oct. 25.


What to Expect Next in the Harvard Admissions Suit

SFFA and Harvard presented oral arguments for the ongoing lawsuit regarding Harvard's admissions process last month. Here’s what experts say those arguments mean, both for the future of SFFA’s suit and for race-conscious admissions across the country.


DOJ Sues Yale for Racial Discrimination Amid Concurrent Harvard Investigation and Lawsuit

The United States Department of Justice sued Yale University Thursday over charges of racial discrimination against Asian American and white applicants in its admissions process.


Experts Say SCOTUS Nomination Threatens Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Ruling

President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy V. Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday may endanger Harvard’s chances of victory in the lawsuit against it by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, should the case proceed to the highest court in the land, higher education law experts say.


Harvard, SFFA Spar Over Future of Affirmative Action in Appeal Hearing

The United States First Circuit Court of Appeals heard opening oral arguments Thursday afternoon from Harvard and anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions in the group’s appeal against the District Court’s November ruling that the College does not intentionally discriminate against Asian American applicants in its admissions process.


DOJ Issues Discrimination Findings Against Yale Amid Harvard Admissions Investigation, Lawsuit

The United States Department of Justice issued findings charging that Yale University discriminates against Asian American and white applicants, a move experts say goes hand in hand with simultaneous challenges to Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process.


Attorneys General, Major Companies Back Harvard Admissions Process on Appeal

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura T. Healey ’92, alongside attorneys general from 14 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a brief in a federal appeals court Thursday in support of Harvard University’s race-conscious admissions process.


Harvard Files Reply Brief in Admissions Case Appeal

Harvard submitted a brief in a federal appeals court Thursday reiterating its arguments that Harvard College does not discriminate against Asian American applicants, marking the latest development in years of litigation over affirmative action in the College’s admissions process.


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