California universities sued for reimbursements related to coronavirus – Telemundo Denver

Students from the California State University and University of California systems filed a lawsuit against to demand reimbursements of some campus fees since the virus pandemic closed schools and forced online learning.

The class action lawsuits, filed in the federal courts in Los Angeles and Oakland, allege that systems serving more than 700,000 students have refused to reimburse unused portions of fees for campus-related services that semester students spring are not using, such as health centers, student association fees and student centers.

The campuses have been closed since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak and sporting events have been canceled.

“The effect of CSU’s COVID-19-related protocols and messages is that all students have been forced to leave campus, unless they really have no other safe place to go,” the Los Angeles lawsuit says.

“For students who remain on campus, services are now extremely limited. For students who do not live on campus, there is no reason to come to campus, as all activities have been canceled. ”

Messages seeking comment from both systems were not immediately returned Monday night.

Fees ranged from around $ 850 to more than $ 4,000 for CSU students for the 2019-2020 academic year, while UC’s basic services fee for students was around $ 1,100, while fees related to specific campuses doubled that or more, depending on demand.

Medical students from California State University help inform the community in their own language.

“It is inappropriate for them to attempt to withhold what amounts to many millions of dollars in total on the campus fees they charged their students, despite the termination of the services that covered these fees,” said Adam Levitt, one of the attorneys who they filed the lawsuits.

“A college education is already a monumental expense for students and their families, and essentially not offering them relief on these material expenses, particularly at a time when millions of Americans are struggling financially, not only is deaf, but also unfair and illegal” .

Similar lawsuits were previously filed against universities in Arizona and against Liberty University, a nonprofit evangelical Christian university in Virginia.


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U.S. excludes Chinese face masks, medical gear from tariffs as coronavirus spreads

PHOTO FILE: Raymond Determann, a King County Metro equipment service worker, sprays a Virex solution to sanitize buses against the coronavirus in Seattle, Washington, U.S. March 5, 2020. REUTERS / Jason Redmond

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Trade Representative’s office in recent days granted exclusions from import tariffs for dozens of medical products imported from China, including face masks, hand sanitizing wipes and examination gloves, filings with the agency showed on Friday.

Many of the exclusion requests for medical products appear to have been expedited amid the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak, with approvals granted just over one month past a Jan. 31 application deadline.

Requests to exclude other products from President Donald Trump’s Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods have taken months. Apple Inc’s requests for exclusions on products from AirPod headphones to the HomePod smart speaker filed on Oct. 31 are still pending.

Medline International Inc has already received exclusions on 30 products ranging from surgical gowns to face masks and medicine cups, most of which the company applied for at the end of January. A number of the exclusions were granted on Thursday, USTR documents showed.

The products were included in a fourth round of tariffs on Chinese goods imposed by Trump on Sept. 1, 2019, amid heated U.S.-China trade negotiations.

The tariff rate on the medical products was initially set at 15%, but was lowered to 7.5% on Feb. 15 as part of the Phase 1 U.S.-China trade agreement. The deal leaves in place tariffs on about $ 370 billion worth of imports from China, including 25% duties on goods valued at around $ 250 billion.

Reporting by David Lawder; editing by Jonathan Oatis

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


In the City there will be a reform to the tariff law confirming the rates of 2019

The clause referred to above provides that in the event of the recession and / or suspension of the previous consensus (2017), the rates set for each operation, activity or instrument will be taxed according to the Tariff Law 2019 From the month following the recession or suspension, what happened in December last year, which is why they have been in force since 1/1/20, date that will not be modified with the bill sent for discussion.

Among the issues that would be retouched, by way of example, certain procedural aspects can be cited about the provisional payment of taxes or within the knowledge economy (whose national law will be reformulated) the initiative keeps software developers as an industry

While the Government Administration of Public Revenue (AGIP) of the City He had issued Resolution 30/20, which was a preview of, validating the application of 2019 rates for this year, confirmation via law gives a legal hierarchy to that change in the payment of taxes, in particular Gross Revenue and Stamps.

The resolution cited contains a Annex with the detail of the applicable rates to the different activities, acts and operations encumbered – according to the tax in question – referring to the article of the Tariff Law 2020 and consigning the fee according to 2019.

The Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (GCBA), so that these modifications are legally supported, you must get the Legislature to approve simultaneously the adhesion to the new fiscal agreement of 2019. Both bills require each other.