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ACI Complaint

ACI Complaint

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced Thursday that it has filed suit against the American Career Institute, claiming the organization engaged in deceptive schemes prior to the abrupt closure of five for-profit schools in the state, including one in Springfield.
The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced Thursday that it has filed suit against the American Career Institute, claiming the organization engaged in deceptive schemes prior to the abrupt closure of five for-profit schools in the state, including one in Springfield.

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CIVIL
ACTION COVER
SHEET
TRIAL COURT
OF
MASSACHUSETTS
SUPERIOR
COURT DEPARTMENT
COUNTY
OF SUFFOLK DOCKETijCg-
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PLAINTIFF(S)
COMMONWEALTH OF
MASSACHUSETTS
DEFENDANT(S)THE
CAREER INSTITUTE,
LLC;
ADVANCED CAREER TECHNOLGIES, INC.;
AND ABC
TRAINING CENTER
OF
MARYLAND, INC.
Plaintiff
Atty Address City
Tel.
JEFFREY WALKER, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL
OFFICE
OF THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL,
1 ASHBURTON
PL
BOSTON
State MA
Zip
Code
02108
+1 (617)727-2200
BBO
673,328
Type
Defendant's Attorney Name Defendant Atty Address City
David
G.Thomas,
Esquire
GREENBERG TRAURIG,
LLP,
ONE
INTERNATIONAL PLACE
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Zip
Code 02110
OSTON
State
M,
TYPE OF
ACTION AND
TRACK DESIGNATION
(See
reverse side)
CODE NO.
TYPE
OF
ACTION
(specify) TRACK
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IVIisc
Other
(specify)
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track
9 A
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orcement.
Action
IS THIS
A
JURY
CASE?
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Yes
(£•;
]
No
The
following
is
a
full,
itemized and detailed
statement of the
facts on
which
plaintiff relies
to
determine money damages.
For
this
form,
disregard
double
or
treble damage claims;
indicate
single
damages
only. TORT CLAIMS
(Attach additic
A. Documented medical expenses
to
date:
1.
Total hospital expenses
2.
Total doctor expenses
3.
Total chiropractic expenses
4.
Total physical therapy expenses
5.
Total other expenses
(describe)
NOV
2
1
Z013
B. Documented
lost
wages
and compensation to
date C. Documented property damages
to
date
D.
Reasonably anticipated future
medical
expenses
CLERK
MAGISIRAIL-
E. Reasonably anticipated lost
wages and
compensation
to
date F. Other documented
items of
damages (describe)
S
$
Subtotal
G.
Brief description
of
plaintiffs
injury, including
nature
and
extent
of injury
(describe)
Total
CONTRACT CLAIMS
(Attach
additional sheets as necessary) Provide a detailed description
of claim(s):
TOTAL
PLEASE IDENTIFY, BY CASE NUMBER, NAME
AND
COUNTY,
ANY
RELATED ACTION
PENDING
IN
THE SUPERIOR COURT DEPARTMENT
AI
hereby
certify that
I
have
complied with
the requirements
of
Rule
5
of
the
Supreme Judicial
Court
Uniform
Rules
on
Dispute Resolution (SJC
Rule
1:18)
requiring that
I
provide
my
clients
with_jirf(y mation
about
court-connected
dispute
resolution services and
discuss
with
them the
advantages and disadvantages
of
the
various
Signature
of
Attorney
of
Record
P?
Date:
November
21,
201
3
A.O.S.C. 3-2007
 
COMMONWEALTH
OF
MASSACHUSETTS
SUFFOLK,
ss.
SUPERIOR
COURT
DEPARTMENT CIVIL ACTION
NO. COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS,
Plaintiff, V.
THE
CAREER INSTITUTE,
LLC.;
ADVANCED
CAREER TECHNOLOGIES,
INC.;
and
ABC
TRAINING
CENTER
OF
MARYLAND,
INC., Defendants.
i
5
a.
O
COMPLAINT
RECEIVED
NOV
2
1
2013
SUPERIOR COURT-CIVIL
MICHAEL
JOSEPH
DONOVAN CLERK
I MAGISTRATE
1.
The
Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
by
and through
its
Attorney General,
Martha
Coakley,
brings
this
enforcement
action
in
the public
interest against defendants, The
Career
Institute, Inc.; Advanced Career Technologies, Inc.; and
ABC
Training Center
of Maryland,
Inc.,
for
violations of the Consumer Protection Act, G.L. c.
93
A, §
2.
Until January
9,
2013, when
it abruptly
closed,
defendants operated
a
proprietary school with campuses
in Braintree,
Cambridge, Framingham, Springfield,
and Wobum,
Massachusetts and Baltimore,
Columbia,
and
Wheaton, Maryland. For years leading up to
its
closure, defendants falsified
documents
and
forged
student
signatures
to
maintain
their accreditation
and to
continue
to
receive
student loan proceeds, enrolled students who did
not
meet
minimum
qualifications,
and
then failed
to
provide students
the
education for which they incurred significant debts.
Defendants
unfairly pursued profit without regard to their supposed career training
mission
and
left
students
indebted beyond their means. This complaint seeks restitution, including
the
return
 
of tuition
and fee
payments
defendants collected
from
students,
civil
penalties,
and attorneys' fees and
costs
for investigating
and
prosecuting
this action.
The complaint also seeks injunctive
relief to
remedy and prevent additional harm arising from
defendants'
unfair or deceptive acts or practices.
1.
Jurisdiction and
Venue
2.
The
Attorney General
is
authorized to bring this
action
pursuant
to
G.L.
c.
93
A, §
4. The Attorney
General
has
an interest in preventing unfair
or
deceptive acts or practices to
promote the
health and economic well-being
of those
who live and transact business
in
the
Commonwealth.
3. This
Court has jurisdiction over
the
subject matter
of this
action pursuant
to
G.L.
c.
93A, §
4.
4.
This
Court has
jurisdiction over defendants pursuant
to
G.L.
c.
223A,
§§
3(a) and
(b).
Pursuant
to G.L. c.
223,
§
5
and
G.L. c. 93A,
§
4, venue
is
proper
in
Suffolk County.
II. Parties
5. The Plaintiff is
the Commonwealth
of
Massachusetts, represented by the Attorney
General, who brings this
action in
the
public interest to remedy
defendants'
unlawful conduct. 6.
Defendant, The
Career Institute, LLC,
is
a
limited liability company with
a
principal place
of
business at 175 Crossing Boulevard,
Suite
420, Framingham, Massachusetts.
7.
Defendant, Advanced Career Technologies, Inc.
( ACT ),
is
a Massachusetts
corporation with
a
principal
place of
business
at
125 Newbury
Street,
Framingham,
Massachusetts.
8.
Defendant,
ABC
Training Center of Maryland,
Inc. ( ABC )
is
a
Maryland
corporation with
a
principal
place of
business at 1114 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland.
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