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For Immediate Release: Washington DC, April 1, 2014 / PRNewswire / The law firm of A. Pril & F. Ools LLP is proud to announce the successful $4.1 million class action lawsuit against George Washington University, brought on behalf of lead plaintiff Wayan Vota, representing over 25,000 students, in a repetitive stress injury claim.

The law firm convinced a jury of his peers that Mr. Vota and thousands of other students at the university showed symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive stress disorder, caused by performing the single task of deleting extraneous GW emails over and over again in the course of their student career.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful progressive condition caused by the compression of a key nerve in the wrist, the median nerve. When swelling causes the median nerve to be compressed in the tunnel, numbness, tingling, and pain can result. Left untreated, hand muscles can deteriorate, making it difficult to grasp objects or perform other work with the hands.

Through investigative discovery, A. Pril & F. Ools found that the average GW student deleted 4.1 university emails per hour during each class day, or approximately 4,100,000 over the average five-year time span of student attendance.

"This is a great victory for student rights, and sends a message to the University leadership that we will not stand for email abuse. Its time to end the wonton massacre of our delicate tendons to assuage their arrogant use of the 'send' button", said Mr. Vota.

"We have shown, beyond a shadow of doubt, that deliberate and reckless sending of emails to students is detrimental to their physical, mental, and spiritual health. It is time for the administration cease and desist with their ill-treatment, even exploitation of their captive student audience," said A. Pril, lead attorney for the plaintiff.

The A. Pril & F. Ools law firm will manage student claims for lost study time, assignment submission, and medical bills. This students' compensation will also continue to pay for necessary medical expenses related to the injury after the student returns to class.

About Wayan Vota

Wayan Vota is an expert in the use of information and communication technology in international development and a master's student at George Washington University in the accelerated MBA program. He has personally deleted 3,713,925 GW emails so far in his university career.

About A. Pril & F. Ools

The law firm of A. Pril and F. Ools is a dirty shoe law firm headquartered on J Street in downtown Washington DC. Known for ambulance chasing and bleeding clients dry, it was founded by Hill staffers under SEC investigation and is proud to be whitelisted by 4.1% more bulk email service providers than George Washington University.

There is much hand wringing about Facebook and its ever-changing privacy settings. Why just last month there was yet another attempt by Facebook to link users to purchases, this time at certain brick-and-mortar stores.

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Now all this privacy hoopla started back when Facebook introduced Beacon, an advertising system that caused a serious online uproar. In my Business Ethics class, we took a look at the Beacon case study through four moral filters, utilitarian, justice, rights, and virtue, to assess how Facebook should have responded to the backlash. You can read our A-grade paper for our in-depth analysis.

Why I don't care about Facebook privacy

On a personal level, I wasn't that shocked over Beacon or any of Facebook's user privacy activities. Long ago, I lost my fear of the Internet and what I put on it. How? It's not what you expect. I do believe in personal privacy and I do have a high regard for the privacy of others. I even have a high level of personal privacy.

What I don't have is data on Facebook that I regard as personal. I make a conscious effort each time I share something online - be it Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or my many other accounts - to ask myself if I want to make this part of my life public. If the answer is "no", if I would not want to put it on a bulletin board outside my house, then I don't post it online. Not online but private - just not online to begin with.

So its that simple. I am not afraid of Facebook's privacy because I don't share anything I consider private. That's how you too can loose your fear of Facebook privacy.

I do care about data divisions

That is not to say that I want Facebook, my credit card company, and my ISP to band together and either limit my Internet experience based on my social network activities, past purchases, or browsing history. Where I do draw the line is when companies coordinate to present an altered Internet experience. Net neutrality needs to be defended and I am happy there are lawyers ready to sue to keep companies in line.

That and a few other reasons are why I support the likes of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. While I may be casual in my care about privacy, I don't want everyone to be that way.

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In addition to switching jobs, I am now starting my Masters of Business Administration at George Washington University. Why? Because I don't have enough going on in my life, what with a new job, a wife, two kids, a dog, house, and all my ICT4D friends.

So to just make it that much more intense, I am in the accelerated MBA program at GW, where we cover a semester's worth of classes in half the time. Called the "AMBA", it will still take me two years of Tuesday nights and Saturdays to graduate, but I can work full time at Development Gateway and bring home the bacon that my young family needs.

At this point, there are two dubious records I hold in the class.

  1. At 38 for the second time, I am the oldest member of the AMBA Class of 2014 by at least two years. My goal was to start grad school before I would have such an honor, but now that I have it, I am rolling with the mental fragility prestige this title conveys.
  2. I also happen to be the most traveled member of the class, with experiences from 82 countries, beating out the next competitor by 10 countries. Funny enough, he is Indonesian with an Italian name, and I am the American with an Indonesian name.

Overall, I am excited about the AMBA courses and the freedom to challenge myself. It seems that most course grades are based on essays and case studies versus quantitative tests, and most people maintain the B average required to graduate, so I feel that I'll do well.

Of course, this is the first week, so check back in a year and I may have a different opinion. In the mean time, check out my team's first two work products:

Well, what do you think - worth an A?

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