I've heard the same as you regarding black lists being out of date now but I'am curious about schools going to court over 'breach of contract'.
I've recently been placed in a dilema regarding my old employer. A situation arose awhile back where I felt it best to terminate my contract and thus went about all stipulations in terminating the contract(giving 30 days notice). I've already been out of the country for a new visa but now told by the Ministry of Ed. that I can't gain employment unless I have a release letter from my previous employer. This previous employer has said because I infact broke the contract, they have no obligation to give me the letter. While 'termination' and not 'breaking' is evident here, it seems I'm in a corner where regardless of how the contract is finished, in the end the employer holds all rights. What I want to know seeing as you mentioned an employer taking an employee to a civil court is can the situation be reversed? Am I in a position to take this buxiban to court?
If you or anyone else has the answer to this, I'd be grateful to hear it.