Class Action Filed Against Everest University Alleging Deceptive and Misleading Conduct By Admissions and Financial Aid Representatives; Case No. 8:11-cv-00424-SDM-MAP

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A former student of Everest University filed a statewide class action against Corinthian Colleges, Inc., operator of Everest University alleging that Everest University engaged in violations of the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act by misrepresenting their accreditation status in addition to failing to disclose that the university is not regionally accredited.

Laura Irizarry, through the law firm of Forizs & Dogali, P.A. has filed a statewide class action against Corinthian Colleges, Inc., the operator of Everest University, alleging that Everest University has engaged in multiple violations of the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Everest University is currently under investigation by the Florida Attorney General based upon allegations of misleading conduct.

Ms. Irizarry brings a class action seeking to represent all Florida Everest University students. The class action alleges that Everest engaged in deceptive and misleading practices by misrepresenting their accreditation status. The Plaintiff further alleges that Everest University failed to disclose and intentionally obscured the fact that it was not regionally accredited, and that many of the credits earned at Everest University cannot be transferred to most other post-secondary institutions and cannot be used to obtain state licenses or certificates. Ms. Irizary also alleges that Everest University engaged in deceptive and misleading practices in misrepresenting the ultimate cost of an Everest University program and failing to disclose the amount actually paid for Everest University credits. The Plaintiff further alleges that Everest University obtained excessive student loan debt on behalf of students without ever revealing the amount of debt being incurred to the student. Finally, Ms. Irizarry also alleges that Everest University engaged in deceptive and misleading conduct by representing that it would make efforts to assist students in obtaining post-matriculation employment and certification and then failing to make the promised efforts.

The action alleges that this conduct is a violation of the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices act, which forbids deceptive and unfair actions in commerce. The class action seeks damages on behalf of all Florida students, and also seeks an injunction to prevent Everest University from engaging in the deceptive and misleading practices alleged.

The class action has been filed in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, in Tampa, Florida, Case No. 8:11-cv-00424-SDM-MAP. The law firm of Forizs & Dogali, P.A. represents Ms. Irizarry in this class action. For any questions, please contact attorney Rachel Green at (813) 289-0700 or rgreen(at)forizs-dogali(dot)com or attorney Joel Ewusiak at (813) 289-0700 or jewusiak(at)forizs-dogali(dot)com.

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