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Forum News Service, Published October 02 2013

Students file suit against Globe University claiming they were misled

WOODBURY, Minn. - Five current and former Globe University students filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the for-profit school and its affiliated partner, Minnesota School of Business.

The plaintiffs, who are seeking class-action status, represent students who attended Globe since 2007, according to court documents filed in Hennepin County District Court.

The suit alleges that Globe, which is based in Woodbury, misled students about its accreditation standards, job placement rates and transfer opportunities to other institutions.

“Most of the people that we represent have paid Globe tens of thousands of dollars, and they are unable to find jobs using their education, unable to transfer their credits,” said Scott Carlson, attorney for Halunen and Associates, the firm representing the students. “Every dollar they paid to Globe was a waste, and they ought to get it back.”

The firm also represented former Globe University dean Heidi Weber in a whistleblower suit against the school. A Washington County jury awarded her $400,000 in damages.

Carlson said current and former students began contacting the firm during Weber’s public fight to discuss their potential legal grievances.

Globe University officials were not immediately able to comment on the matter.

Naomi McDonald,a Globe spokeswoman, issued a statement regarding the lawsuit.

“This is unfortunate and we are saddened that these students chose to handle their concerns in this way," McDonald said. "Lawsuit aside, as a college you never want to hear that a student is unhappy with their education.

"Although it is disappointing that even one student has something unfavorable to say about our schools, we know the sentiment of these five individuals does not reflect all, and we will not allow it to cast a black eye on the thousands of students proud to be a member of our schools. We have been committed to student success for decades and will do whatever it takes to protect our students, schools and those working hard every day to support both.”