Cureton v. National Collegiate Athletic Association
This federal lawsuit charged that the minimum test score requirement of the NCAA’s freshman eligibility rule illegally deprived academically qualified African-American student-athletes of opportunities to receive athletic scholarships and participate in intercollegiate athletics.
Public Justice won on summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed on technical, jurisdictional grounds. Ultimately, the position urged by the plaintiffs prevailed, as the NCAA dropped the minimum test score requirement.