Update: Western Culinary Institute/Le Cordon Bleu Portland and CEC consumer fraud class action

For those tracking this case, two updates worth noting.

1. As noted recently, Western Culinary/LCB Portland and Career Education Corp filed a motion to compel arbitration and to dismiss this case. More info on that motion here. The hearing date on the motion has been changed to October 7, 2011.

2. There have been many media reports on the settlement of California Culinary Academy (CCA) class action. Some have erroneously reported that the settlement includes this case against Western Culinary Institute. Not correct. I am not connected with the CCA case, so I don’t pretend to know what is going on there. But our case has not settled. That is why we are pushing forward toward trial.

Thanks for checking back and for your continuing patience and interest in the case. If you’re a class member, know that our team continues the long fight. Call or email if you have questions.


61 thoughts on “Update: Western Culinary Institute/Le Cordon Bleu Portland and CEC consumer fraud class action

  1. Hi Ken-Good question. California actually settled years ago. It’s not clear at all why it is getting play again on the internet, but it seems to appear to be a new development. It isn’t.

    ps: Thanks for your kind words. The case has been going on for over seven(!) years. Not fair to you folks who have waited patiently, and definitely a challenge for the legal team.

  2. Greetings,
    I am wondering on this ruling. I was a 2008 graduate and had many issues with the internships or as they called them, externships. I had to go back to school to find a job. I am still in a lot of debt from this school. I would love to know more about it. I received a letter a while back and was waiting on the outcome.

  3. Hi Gabie-As hard as it is to believe, we are still waiting for a ruling from the Oregon Court of Appeals on whether part of the class must go to arbitration. This has delayed us for over three years. Nothing to do for now but continue to wait. We also post updates on our firm Facebook page. If you use FB, you can like the page so that you see updates on the case there, too.

    Thanks for your patience.

  4. Greetings,

    I was hoping to hear about the status of this case. I graduated in 2007 from WCI and was hoping to hear more on what is going on? Thank you,

  5. Sorry I didn’t think my older post, posted. I appreciate your feed back on this David!


  6. Hi Gabie-Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the Oregon Court of Appeals to rule on whether some of the class members must go to arbitration. Until they rule, we can’t push forward on the case.

  7. I was the first class in 1999 when than started calling them selves le corde en bleu . Ild also like to join this lawsuit.

  8. Hello!!
    This lawsuit obviously does not have anything to do with me, but I was a graduate of 2012 at LCB and I really need advice. I graduated in 2012 and for the last three years barely a year after graduating they have been taking all of my taxes for student loans because apparently I owe $40,000 for a one year long certificate. No one in their right mind, who needed financial aid, would agree to sign up to pay back $40,000 plus interest. I am now 21 years old working my ass off so the state can take all of my taxes and can only get a job making $10 an hour considering all of the experience I have is from working a kitchen job . Sometimes when you go to school you go because you don’t know a damn thing about the subject. In my case I didn’t know 99% of the culinary knowledge I have today before I started. And all of the knowledge I carry from culinary school are, some, food safety terms I could have learned by applying for my food handlers card. What happened has happened but I know for a fact I did not sign up to pay the amount I Owe. There is no way my father would have been OK with me signing a piece of paper stating I will owe somewhere around $40,000 for a certificate.
    If other people have graduated with a one-year certificate around 2011/12 please let me know.
    Please if I sound like an ahole or I am completely wrong; if that sounds about right, the price you pay for a certificate in culinary arts please let me know.
    Thanks, kim!
    Bend, or

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