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Information on the November, 2008 alumni lawsuit against the College

NOTE: for information on the October, 2007, lawsuit, filed against Dartmouth by the Executive Committee of the Association of Alumni, that was voluntarily dismissed in June, 2008, click here

Update: April 12, 2011

On April 12, 2011, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Brooks et al. v. Trustees of Dartmouth College, affirming the decision by the Superior Court (North Haverhill, NH) granting summary judgment in favor of Dartmouth and dismissing the plaintiffs’ complaint.

Dartmouth General Counsel Robert B. Donin said: "The College is pleased that the Supreme Court has decided to bring this long and costly litigation to an end.”

Brooks et al. v. Dartmouth was the second lawsuit challenging the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees' September 2007 decision to expand the size of the Board. The Brooks suit, filed by seven alumni, sought to require the College to seat an equal number of trustees nominated and elected by the Board (Charter Trustees) and trustees nominated by alumni and elected by the College (Alumni Trustees).

A similar suit, brought by the executive committee of the Association of Alumni, was dismissed with prejudice in June, 2008, after an overwhelming majority of alumni voted for a new Association executive committee, which pledged to withdraw the suit.

A copy of the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s decision in the Brooks case appears below, in the Court Filings section of this web site.

Court filings
Background information
Selected news coverage

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Background information

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Selected news coverage of the alumni lawsuit

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Last Updated: 5/8/11