Sweet Briar College plays down court ruling on closure

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Posted: Jun 09, 2015 4:18 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Sweet Briar College is playing down a decision by Virginia's highest court on the college's planned closure.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a case challenging the decision to close the private women's college in August should return to a lower court for further proceedings.

Justices ruled a judge erred when he said the institute that runs the college is not a trust subject to court review.

In a statement issued by the college, Sweet Briar said the Supreme Court ruling is unlikely to have a "significant impact" on the legal action aimed at keeping the school open.

The statement added that the court did not rule on the merits of the case.

Sweet Briar cited what it called insurmountable financial pressures for the decision to close.