Happy to report that Judge Baldwin denied defendants’ motions for summary judgment and to decertify the class in Surrett v. Western Culinary Institute, our consumer fraud class action for former Western Culinary Institute/Le Cordon Bleu Portland students. We’re very pleased.
The gist of Judge Baldwin’s ruling is that there is sufficient evidence for a jury to decide whether the school and its parent corporation, Career Education Corp., defrauded students by failing to disclose important information. We’re very pleased. Now a bit more discovery and then full-on trial preparation.
It does look like we will be moving into mediation later this month. We had an early attempt at mediation long ago, and it failed miserably. Much has happened since. Watch this space for updates or–for quicker information–like us at on Facebook here. We tend to post quicker updates there.