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18 States Sue Education Dept. Over Rollback Of Borrower-defense Rule

A coalition of states is suing the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, and her department over its decision to roll back an Obama-era regulation aimed at reining in abuses by colleges that defraud students.

The lawsuit was announced by the office of Massachusetts’ attorney general, Maura Healey, which is leading the coalition of 18 states and the District of Columbia in the dispute. The complaint, filed in federal court, argues that the Education Department “violated federal law” by rescinding the borrower defense-to-repayment rule. The rule would provide a simpler path to loan forgiveness for student-loan borrowers who believed they have been defrauded by their colleges.