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Jury Rules Cal State Students Not Entitled To 2009 Refunds

(AP) - A jury in San Francisco has decided that about 200,000 students who were enrolled at California State University campuses in 2009 are not entitled to refunds from one of two fee increases the system's governing board approved that year.

James Finberg, a lawyer for five students who filed a class action lawsuit for the reimbursements, said the state court jury ruled 9-3 on Thursday that it was not unreasonable for CSU trustees to have approved the pair of fee hikes two months apart.

The trustees voted in July 2009 to raise fall semester fees for undergraduates by 20 percent, or $672, on top of a $306 increase they adopted in May to help offset a steep drop in state funding.

CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Framroze Virjee says the verdict preserves the university's ability to manage its finances.