628 Fed.Appx. 870 (4th Cir. 2015), 14-2202, Pele v. Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

Docket Nº:14-2202
Citation:628 Fed.Appx. 870
Opinion Judge:PER CURIAM
Party Name:LEE PELE, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. PENNSYLVANIA HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AGENCY, d/b/a American Education Services, Defendant - Appellee. JON H. OBERG, Amicus Supporting Appellant
Attorney:Scott Matthew Michelman, PUBLIC CITIZEN LITIGATION GROUP, Washington, D.C., for Appellant. Paul D. Clement, BANCROFT PLLC, Washington, D.C., for Appellee. A. Hugo Blankingship, III, Thomas B. Christiano, BLANKINGSHIP & CHRISTIANO, P.C., Reston, Virginia; Allison M. Zieve, PUBLICCITIZEN LITIGATION...
Judge Panel:Before TRAXLER, Chief Judge, and GREGORY and KEENAN, Circuit Judges.
Case Date:October 21, 2015
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
 
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628 Fed.Appx. 870 (4th Cir. 2015)

LEE PELE, Plaintiff - Appellant,

v.

PENNSYLVANIA HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AGENCY, d/b/a American Education Services, Defendant - Appellee. JON H. OBERG, Amicus Supporting Appellant

No. 14-2202

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

October 21, 2015

Argued Submitted May 12, 2015

UNPUBLISHED

Editorial Note:

Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. (See Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure Rule 32.1)

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Alexandria. (1:13-cv-01531-JCC-TRJ). James C. Cacheris, Senior District Judge.

VACATED AND REMANDED.

ARGUED:

Scott Matthew Michelman, PUBLIC CITIZEN LITIGATION GROUP, Washington, D.C., for Appellant.

Paul D. Clement, BANCROFT PLLC, Washington, D.C., for Appellee.

ON BRIEF:

A. Hugo Blankingship, III, Thomas B. Christiano, BLANKINGSHIP & CHRISTIANO, P.C., Reston, Virginia; Allison M. Zieve, PUBLICCITIZEN LITIGATION GROUP, Washington, D.C., for Appellant.

JillM. deGraffenreid, McLean, Virginia, Joseph P. Esposito, William E. Potts, Jr., HUNTON & WILLIAMS LLP, Washington, D.C.; George W. Hicks, Jr., Raymond P. Tolentino, BANCROFT PLLC, Washington, D.C., for Appellee.

Bert W. Rein, Michael L. Sturm, Christopher M. Mills, Brendan J. Morrissey, Stephen J. Obermeier, WILEY REIN LLP, Washington, D.C., for Amicus Curiae.

Before TRAXLER, Chief Judge, and GREGORY and KEENAN, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

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PER CURIAM

Plaintiff Lee Pele filed suit against the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (" PHEAA" ) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. Concluding that PHEAA was an arm of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania entitled to share in the Commonwealth's Eleventh-Amendment immunity from suit, the district court granted PHEAA's motion for summary judgment and dismissed the action. We vacate the district court's judgment and remand.

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Absent consent by the state or valid Congressional abrogation, the Eleventh Amendment bars an action in federal court...

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