Well, apparently, another girl didn't trust her parents to do the right thing. As part of her parents' divorce in 2004, her father, a real estate developer, agreed to pay for education costs for his three children until they were 25 years old. The father must have been less than trustworthy, because the daughter followed up by having her dad sign a separate contract, wherein he agreed to pay for her college tuition and car insurance payments until she was 25, provided that she tried her best to get loans. He agreed to co-sign for these loans.
He bailed. No surprise. So, she sued and won!
Dana finished up school and then filed a breach of contract lawsuit in New Haven Superior Court against her father for failing to pay for her senior year of college.
The father represented himself in a two-day trial. He argued that Dana breached their agreement by not making reasonable efforts to apply for student loans, by failing to attend classes full time and by not providing him with receipts for tuition and other school-related expenses.
Howard Soderberg also filed a counterclaim alleging that his daughter dropped courses and pocketed the refunds. He also said she spent money that was supposed to go toward textbooks on personal items.
Attorney Berman said Dana was an art major and needed expensive art supplies for her classes. She said her father was typically late in making tuition payments, which often forced Dana to drop out of certain classes.
Judge Trial Referee William L. Hadden Jr. issued a written opinion earlier this month, ruling that father and daughter had a legitimate contract, that Dana proved to be the more credible party in the lawsuit, and that the father had breached the agreement.
"The plaintiff has proven that she has performed all of her obligations as set forth …" wrote Hadden. "The defendants have failed to prove the claims set forth in their special defenses and in Howard's counterclaim."
Berman said damages totaled around $47,000, including the loan, interest, attorney fees and missed car insurance payments. Berman did not anticipate an appeal.
Why not sue Southern Connecticut State for being so damn expensive. Unreal. Her father should have counter sued for her pursuing a bullshit major.