QUOTE(Hilltopper @ Sep 26 2011, 09:06 AM)
Seems a little silly to me. I guess the legal firm hired by the state is really desperate for that $500.
I would hope this is an isolated case. If the lady received her diploma then I understand where she is coming from. That alone does not necessarily absolve her of payment though.
However, if there was a computer problem at the time that didn't identify lack of payment properly, there could be a lot more out there and maybe that is what this firm is thinking. Go to trial and win...set legal precedent that money is due regardless of whether diploma was received in mail or not...then go after a lot of other people...get out of court settlements and rake in the money. A big firm has better things to do than go after a woman for $1,500 ($500 billing) unless they think there could be more to this. Why would the University legal office allow this to move forward?
Is everyone sure they had all of their bills paid when they graduated?