Judge: All Ala PACT participants covered by suit

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A judge's ruling means all 42,000
participants remaining in Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan
will be affected by the outcome of a lawsuit seeking to make sure
tuition is paid by the financially precarious program.

Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick ruled that the suit will become
class-action litigation covering all participants because they face
similar legal issues with the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition
plan.

A lawyer representing some of the parents who filed the suit,
Doyle Fuller, said Monday that all PACT participants will get a
global resolution defining their rights and the obligations of the
state.

The attorney for the PACT board, George Beck, said granting
class-action status doesn't mean the judge is going to rule for or
against one side. That will only be determined after more court
proceedings.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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