LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On June 12, 2103, highly respected Arbitrator Samuel G. Jackson awarded Anna Berkowitz and her father Martin $217,000 in the first of over 1,000 individual lawsuits to be tried or arbitrated, against Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts(R) in Pasadena, California (formerly the California School of Culinary Arts) ("CSCA" or "Le Cordon Bleu(R)"). Arbitrator Jackson found that Le Cordon Bleu(R), and its parent company Career Education Corporation (CECO), committed fraud when they recruited Anna Berkowitz out of high school and convinced her and her father that borrowing almost $40,000 to pay for 8 months of training at the school would make her "a shoe-in" to land a job as a Pastry Chef earning $75,000 a year to start. Arbitrator Jackson awarded the Berkowitzs damages for tuition paid, earnings lost while Anna attended Le Cordon Bleu(R), damages for lost opportunity for the months Anna unsuccessfully sought employment as a Pastry Chef after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu(R), damages for emotional distress and attorneys' fees. Kirtland 2) immediately earn salaries of $40,000 to $80,000; and 3) easily be able to service their loan obligations. Claimants allege that Le Cordon Bleu(R), and its parent company, Career Education Corporation knew these representations were false, and further knew that upon graduation the students: 1) would still have to work their way up the culinary ladder from the bottom; 2) would make no more than $10 to $12 an hour to start and it would take years for them to work their way up to $14-$15 an hour; and 3) it was highly unlikely or impossible that they would be able to service or ever pay off their loans working in the culinary industry.
Michael Louis Kelly is a trial attorney with Kirtland & Packard LLP, a litigation firm with offices in Los Angeles (El Segundo) and San Francisco. The firm handles a variety of complex litigation matters. Mr. Kelly can be contacted through www.CourtroomWarrior.com
Ray E. Gallo is a partner at Gallo LLP, a complex litigation firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. www.gallo-law.com.
Arbitrator Jackson's full award is available at www.CourtroomWarrior.com