Update: Consumer fraud class action against Career Education Corp and Western Culinary

This is a short update for all following our consumer fraud class action against Career Education Corporation and its Portland culinary school, Western Culinary Institute/Le Cordon Bleu Portland.

We’ve been waiting for a ruling from Judge Baldwin on Career Education Corp’s motion to compel arbitration and to dismiss this long-running class action. Judge Baldwin denied the motion, which is another battle won for consumers and members of the class. I am pleased with the ruling, but there is still far to go.

We’re moving now to complete discovery on the merits of the class’s claims. More news as it happens.


aaron atchison says


I am in Louisiana. I went to the Texas Culinary Academy (CEC). I have just defaulted on several SLM loans. Signing up for Sallie Mae loans was a prerequisite for entry at the school. I was just out of the military and was not informed of my student lending options. I was told it would cost 40,000 dollars. I have had (unbeknownst to me) a total of 7 or more loans taken out in my name from SLM according to my credit report. They total over 113,600 dollars. I was given beefed up job placement statistics. When I graduated, I found that the average wage (if one could find a job in the industry) was around 7.50 a hour. I also found that my "degree" was non-transferable and a total of zero credits were recognized as legitimate by any other university. I was not given a paper degree at all. I was not provided with any of the certifications on paper. I did graduate however, but did not receive any graduation material whatsoever. No paper, no certs, no anything. I have received collection calls at all hours of the day, seven days a week, and as late as 11 pm on a Sunday. Sallie Mae cannot produce a copy of my signed promissary note despite my requests for one. I am a disabled Veteran of two foreign theaters with a 50 percent rating. I am unemployed and afraid for my future because Sallie Mae claims to have the ability to withhold any federal aid I am receiving in the forrm of disability. Sallie Mae denied consolodation. Direct Loans was not providing consolodations at the time of my impending default. I noticed that there are several class action suits and I want on board. This company should not have the privilage of doing business in this country that I have put my life on the line for. Every student at the Texas Culinary Academy has a Sallie Mae loan. I have all of the paperwork they have ever sent me. Please contact me. Thank You.

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