MINNEAPOLIS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Hard on the heels of a fired dean’s successful whistleblower civil lawsuit against Woodbury, Minn.-based Globe University, Inc., five current and former students today filed a class action lawsuit, via Halunen & Associates LLP against the for-profit school and its closely affiliated corporate partner, Minnesota School of Business, Inc.
“Unfortunately, the types of deceptive and abusive practices alleged at Globe University are widespread throughout the for-profit university and career college industry”
Globe University is a Woodbury, Minn.-based for-profit career college that offers degrees in 40 different program areas. Globe had 7,803 students enrolled across its network of 20 locations in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin in 2012, and in its online classes.
Students and former students of Globe University began contacting Halunen & Associates, the Minneapolis law firm that represented ex-Globe Dean of Medical Assisting Heidi Weber in her successful whistleblower lawsuit against Globe, to discuss their potential legal grievances with Globe immediately after news of Weber’s lawsuit victory was reported.
Weber’s courtroom victory, recorded on Aug. 15, 2013, resulted in a Minnesota jury awarding her nearly $400,000 in damages against Globe.
The class action lawsuit alleges that Globe University harms all students, enrolled since September 2007 onward, because it systematically and deliberately:
- Misleads and manipulates all prospective students with the goal of getting them to enroll
- Enrolls students based on their ability to qualify for financial aid rather than by their ability to succeed in the classroom
- Lies about, and/or obscures the truth about its inferior accreditation, which causes other post-secondary schools to reject its credits and causes employers to reject its graduates
- Lies about the transferability of its credits to other postsecondary institutions
- Lies about its placement rates
- Lies about the starting salaries new graduates can expect to earn
The lawsuit asks the Court to order Globe to cease the claimed deceptive and fraudulent marketing and recruitment practices and to compensate any students who, from September 2007 onward, have been damaged by the alleged illegal conduct.
“Unfortunately, the types of deceptive and abusive practices alleged at Globe University are widespread throughout the for-profit university and career college industry,” says Scott Carlson, a lawyer at Halunen & Associates. “Hopefully by casting light upon Globe’s practices, we will also encourage other people who suspect they have been victimized by for-profit universities to stand up for their own legal rights.”
The lawsuit is captioned Melissa Beck, Sarah Beck, Cherida Brom, Reginald Holmes, and Alexenderia Romig-Palodichuk, on behalf of themselves individually and all others similarly situated v. Globe University, Inc., and Minnesota School of Business, Inc., and was filed on Oct. 2, 2013 in the Fourth Judicial District Court, Hennepin County, Minn. Plaintiffs are represented by the Minneapolis law firm of Halunen & Associates. A copy of the complaint can be downloaded at http://sdrv.ms/16hPBnQ.