SEATTLE – A college student has won a lawsuit against her own father after he failed to pay for her college expenses.
The Connecticut Law Tribune reports Dana Soderberg and her father, Howard, had a written agreement that Howard would pay for all of Dana's education up until age 25. But Dana, an art major at Southern Connecticut State University, says her dad reneged on the deal.
The unusual contract reportedly stemmed from Dana's parents' divorce in 2004. When they split up, they agreed that Howard would be responsible for the education costs of Dana and her two siblings.
The Tribune reports Dana had learned from experience that Howard did not always follow through on paying for things. A year after the divorce, she persuaded him to enter into the contract.
The agreement reportedly covered tuition and other expenses, including textbooks and car insurance. The contract required Dana to make an effort to apply for student loans and Howard would have to pay them off.
Howard allegedly made good on his promise through Dana's junior year. After that he refused to pay up.
During the trial, Howard reportedly testified that Dana didn't live up to her part of the agreement to make a reasonable effort to apply for loans. He also claimed that Dana did not attend classes full-time and that she failed to provide receipts.
Howard reportedly countersued, claiming Dana dropped classes and kept the refund money for herself. He also says Dana took money that was supposed to go toward textbooks and spent it on personal items instead.
The judge ruled in favor of Dana in both her lawsuit and her father's countersuit, saying Howard had breached the contract. Damages totaling $47,000 were awarded to Dana.
Dana's attorney says no appeal is expected.