Pioneering Law Professor Offers Legal Strategy for Virginia Students Denied National Merit Award Notices

As Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares investigates potential civil rights violations in the¬†widespread withholding of timely National Merit Scholar award notifications¬†to students in suburban Washington, D.C., possibly on “equity” grounds, a local law professor known for public health crusades is floating a novel legal strategy for aggrieved students.

George Washington University’s John Banzhaf says Virginia courts this century have recognized a “somewhat obscure” class of legal claims known as “prima facie torts” that don’t depend on difficult-to-prove allegations such as intentional infliction of emotional distress or racial discrimination.

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