Friday, November 2, 2018

Did Education Corporation of America hire law graduates from for-profit law schools to defend itself in more than 100 legal proceedings? I doubt it.

As I discussed in earlier essays, Education Corporation of America, a chain of for-profit colleges, filed a federal lawsuit in Alabama in an effort to get a court order that would halt all the litigation against it.

How much litigation? ECA submitted a tally of legal proceedings against it showing 107 separate complaints and arbitration proceedings. That's a lot of litigation. And litigating that many legal disputes requires a lot of lawyers--probably hundreds.

Do you think any of ECA's lawyers graduated from a for-profit college like the ones ECA owns: Virginia College or Brightwood College? Do any of ECA's many lawyers hold degrees from for-profit law schools: Florida Coastal, Arizona Summit, or Charlotte School of Law?

And how about Avy Stein, ECA's Board Chair? Do you think Stein has anybody working for him that graduated from a for-profit college or a for-profit law school?  Stein, by the way, got his J.D. from Harvard.

I seriously doubt it. In fact, if Avy Stein can identify a single ECA-hired lawyer who graduated from a for-profit college or a for-profit law school, I'll buy him a hamburger at the Baton Rouge restaurant of his choice. (I recommend the Stockyards Cafe down by the old bridge.)

No, the for-profit college industry is getting rich peddling shoddy college degrees and professional certificates; and now they are being sued. Crummy education is good enough for the people the industry has been shilling for decades, but when for-profit colleges gets sued, I'm sure they hire the best lawyers money can buy--lawyers who graduated from respectable colleges and law schools.

 For the Alabama lawsuit, ECA brought in DLA Piper, a global law firm with attorneys located in 40 countries. Those lawyers should be able to handle all those fraud claims brought by ECA's former students--particularly the ones who couldn't afford to hire an attorney.

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