Stack to hear plea for class certification in suit against Sanford Brown

Amelia Flood Nov. 10, 2010, 1:25am


Several former Sanford Brown College students are asking a Madison County judge to certify a class action against the college and its corporate parent.

The lead plaintiffs, Jenna and Jessica Lilley as well as several others, claim that Sanford Brown and parent Career Education Corp. misled them and other students in the school's medical assistant's program about the value of their degree and what careers it could lead to.

The proposed class would include 2,300 students in the medical assistant's program at the school's Collinsville campus.

The defendants have denied the claims and have previously tried to have the case dismissed.

A hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Nov. 15 before Circuit Judge Daniel Stack.

Most recently, Sanford Brown successfully argued to have common law fraud allegations tossed from the suit at an Oct. 27 hearing.

Stack agreed with Sanford Brown that the state's Private Business and Vocational Schools Act did not extend to allow fraud counts.

He denied the rest of the defense motion to dismiss the entire case.

The plaintiffs are represented by Corey Sullivan of St. Louis.

John Richmond and others represent Sanford Brown and Career Education Corp.

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder previously helmed the case.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-113.

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