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Firm Defeats Consumer Fraud Class Action, Obtains Dismissal with Prejudice

On December 16, 2013, the Firm obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all claims filed against client Stratford Career Institute, Inc., in a purported class action pleading a statutory consumer fraud count and a common law breach of contract count.  DeWeese et. al. v. Stratford Career Institute, No. 12 CH 18713, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  The gist of the allegations was that the defendant had purportedly misrepresented the benefits of a distance learning program purchased by the plaintiffs.  In dismissing the action with prejudice, the court ruled that the requisite commonalities for a class action had not been shown,  and that the allegations on behalf of the named individuals did not rise to the level of a properly pleaded consumer fraud claim or breach of contract claim.  The defense team was headed by partner Stephanie Scharf and included partner Sarah Marmor, counsel George Sax, and paralegal Jean Casserly.

For further information, please contact Stephanie Scharf  sscharf@scharfbanks.com