Rachel Canning Drops Case Against Parents Demanding They Pay Tuition

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Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 12:02 PM

By Nick Sanchez

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New Jersey teen Rachel Canning, who garnered international attention with a lawsuit against her parents demanding tuition money, has dropped the case against them.

According to Reuters, Canning, 18, filed papers to dismiss the lawsuit from New Jersey family court, saying the decision was voluntary.

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"She had sued her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, for her private high school tuition, living expenses, and access to a college fund, arguing that though she did not reside with them, she was not legally emancipated and therefore was entitled to their financial care," Reuters reported.

Canning's decision to rescind the suit comes after a March 4 hearing in which a Superior Court judge in Morristown refused to grant the daughter's request for immediate financial support. Both sides were slated to return to court in April and undergo counseling in the meantime.

Further development came when Reuters reported that Canning had moved back to her parents' home in Lincoln Park a week later — ending a four-month estrangement that began when she turned 18. Up until that point, she had been living with her best friend. It was her best friend's father, attorney John Inglesino, who fronted the money for the lawsuit, which cost more than $12,000.

According the New York Daily News, Canning claimed the relationship between her and her parents ultimately led to her being kicked out of the house. Specifically, she blamed her mother for her bulimia, claiming she called her "fat" and "porky." She also claimed her father was "inappropriately affectionate" and woke her up at 2 a.m. for beer pong games.

In response, Elizabeth Canning said her daughter had disciplinary problems, and voluntarily left the house in when she was confronted with curfews and chores.

Elizabeth also condemned the enabling family. In court documents, she claimed, "[Rachel] would often tell us how the Inglesino parents would allow alcoholic parties to be held at their house. Mrs. Inglesino gave all the girls wine coolers to drink."

Since the suit was dropped lawyers on both sides have declined requests to comment.

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