Recently, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Richard Baldwin signed this order (pdf) certifying an Oregon consumer fraud class action against Western Culinary Institute and Career Education Corp. It took us a while to get to an order. That’s not unusual in class action cases.
There is a quiet feature to his ruling that has an important impact on the case. Judge Baldwin refused Western Culinary Institute and Career Education Corp’s request to allow an immediate appeal of his decision.
That’s important for class members because each appeal can add years to the life of a case. Judge Baldwin also ordered the parties to present a proposed notice plan, so the next step on the case should be notice to the class.
It’s good news for Western Culinary Institute alums who are drowning in debt. For our part, it’s a great day. Brian Campf and I continue to push forward. It’s been a long road. There is still far to go. Onward.
If you attended WCI (now known as Le Cordon Bleu Portland) on or after March 2006, and you haven’t been in touch, feel free to use the contact information to connect. We can answer questions about the status of the case and also get you into our tracking system.