University of Pennsylvania Covid-19 Closure Refund Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

The University of Pennsylvania is making a $4.5 million payment to settle a class action alleging claims of unjust enrichment and conversion and asking for refunds because of the closing of the switch to remote learning in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The court dismissed the tuition-based claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and conversion and the fee-based claims for unjust enrichment and conversion. This settlement is for the remaining fee-based breach-of-contract claim.

Docket Number:


Company: University of Pennsylvania

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Class Period: March 17, 2020

Objection Deadline: December 19, 2022

Exclusion Deadline: December 19, 2022

Final Approval Hearing: January 17, 2023

Proof of Purchase:

You do not have to provide proof.


You may be eligible if you were enrolled as a student in any program at the University of Pennsylvania after March 17, 2020, you were assessed fees for the Spring 2020 semester, and you were not enrolled for that semester only in a program that, at the beginning of that semester was intended to be an online program.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Equal share of the net settlement fund. If you are a continuing Penn student, your share will be sent automatically as a credit to your Penn Student Account. If you are not a continuing Penn student, your payment will be sent as a check to your last known mailing address with the university. Also, those who are not continuing Penn students may fill out an information form (1) to provide an updated address or (2) to choose to receive your payment via Venmo or PayPal instead of as a check. (Note that continuing Penn students may not select these options.

Total Settlement Amount: $4,500,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Carpey Law, PC
Lynch Carpenter, LLC
Poulin | Willey | Anastopoulo Law Firm LLC

Claim Form: U Penn Covid Refund Settlement Information Form

Case Name: Asha Smith and Emma Nedley, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated v. University of Pennsylvania

Settlement Website: U Penn Covid Refund Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
AB Data, Ltd.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

University Covid Refund Settlement
c/o A.B. Data, Ltd.
P.O. Box 170500
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Tags: Covid-19 Related, Education, Failure To Pay For Refund, Improper Fees