Category Archive for: Legal Updates

Saving Sweet Briar Pleased with Oral Arguments at Virginia Supreme Court Hearing

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Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, expressed confidence in the oral arguments presented before the Virginia Supreme Court today by William Hurd, special counsel to Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer who brought suit on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia to prevent closure of the College. The group…



Saving Sweet Briar Calls Virginia Supreme Court Decision to Hear Oral Arguments in Fight to Save College Significant Development

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Richmond, VA – Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, responded to today’s announcement by the Virginia Supreme Court that it will hear oral arguments in the case to save the college on June 4th. In an unexpected move, the full panel will hear the oral arguments in the…



Amherst County Attorney Appeal to Virginia Supreme Court

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Saving Sweet Briar Praises Amherst County Attorney for Appealing Lower Court Ruling to Virginia Supreme Court Successful Appeal Would Assure 2015-2016 Academic Year for Sweet Briar College   Richmond, VA –Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, praised Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer today for the appeal she has…



Saving Sweet Briar Celebrates Judge’s Ruling Allowing Key Charge in County Attorney’s Lawsuit Against College to Advance

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Richmond, VA –Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, celebrated today’s decision by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James W. Updike Jr. who ruled that Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer can proceed with a key element of her lawsuit to block the closure of Sweet Briar College. Judge Updike…



Commonwealth of Virginia, ex rel. Ellen Bowyer, in her official capacity as County Attorney for the County of Amherst, Virginia, v. Sweet Briar Institute, et al.

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    Click here to read the Complaint filed by Amherst County Attorney     Click here to read the Documents Supporting the Complaint     Click here to read the announcement from Saving Sweet Briar hailing the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia by Amherst County Attorney to stop closure of…



Troutman Sanders sends letter to SBC counsel requesting President and Board resign positions immediately

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March 23, 2015 BY E-MAIL AND U.S. MAIL Counsel to The President and Board of Directors of Sweet Briar College ATTORNEY INFORMATION REDACTED Re: Saving Sweet Briar Gentlemen: Our firm represents Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. (“Saving Sweet Briar”), a Virginia non-profit corporation, established by a group of Sweet Briar College alumnae, whose goal is to…



Sweet Briar College Alumnae Hire Prominent Law Firm to Fight Closure of College

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  Text Statement: Richmond, VA – A group of Sweet Briar College alumnae today announced that they are forming Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, whose mission will be to reverse the decision by the Sweet Briar Board of Directors and President to close the College, announced earlier this week. The first action…



Saving Sweet Briar Timeline

March 3, 2015 - Sweet Briar College announces Spring 2015 will be final semester, school will close on August 25, 2015.

March 3, 2015 - Sweet Briar College alumnae galvanize on Facebook, creating working groups to work to halt closure.

March 4, 2015 - SavingSweetBriar.com launches in the early morning hours. Website begins accepting pledges midday.

March 6, 2015 - SavingSweetBriar.com pledges exceed $1 million (with additional unconfirmed $1 million pledge that will later be confirmed).

March 6, 2015 - Troutman Sanders retained to fight closure. Read More

March 9, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. formally incorporated as a non-profit with seven alumnae appointed to serve as board members. Read More

March 11, 2015 - Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen sends letter to state Attorney General regarding the legality of closing the college. Read More

March 11, 2015 - Sweet Briar faculty join alumnae in fight to keep college open. Read More

March 18, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. begins accepting donations in the fight to save the college.

March 23, 2015 - Troutman Sanders sends letter requesting President and Board resign. Read More

March 26, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. hires Certified Fraud Examiner. Read More

March 30, 2015 - Amherst County Attorney, Ellen Bowyer, files suit against Sweet Briar College.

April 6, 2015 - Initial Financial Analysis concludes financial condition did not warrant closure Read More

April 12, 2015 - $5 million pledged to Saving Sweet Briar.

April 13, 2015 - Amherst Mayor sends letter opposing closure. Read More

April 15, 2015 - Judge Updike issues a 60 day injunction preventing the college from using funds solicited to operate the college to close it.

April 23, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. launches Alumnae Angels program to help students with financial concerns during transition and uncertainty.

April 29, 2015 - Judge Updike issues another injunction in one of the other legal cases preventing the college from selling assets for six months.

April 29, 2015 - Amherst County Attorney files Petition to Review with Virginia Supreme Court.

May 19, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. granted 501(c)(3) status, with tax exempt status applying to all donations made from the incorporation date of March 9, 2015.

June 9, 2015 - Virginia Supreme Court rules that Sweet Briar College can be a trust.

June 19, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. announces $21 million total pledged over 5 years.

June 20, 2015 - Settlement reached, keeping Sweet Briar College open. Settlement terms include 3 payments to college with the first $2.5 million due on July 2.

June 23, 2015 - Amherst CountyBoard of Supervisors names Sweet Briar Day.

June 30, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. delivers $5 million ahead of schedule to Sweet Briar College.

July 2, 2015 - President Stone assumes new position, new Board of Directors appointed.

September 2, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. delivers final settlement payment to Sweet Briar College, exceeding $12 million total.