By: AP
By: AP

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.


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