Our law firm has been vigorously investigating the claims of many current and
former students that MCI made fraudulent misrepresentations,
committed breach of contract, and even proceeded with unauthorized
card processing just prior to closing its doors.
We learned that, reportedly, the school hired a commercial
paper shredding service and many students records are now believed
irretrievably lost. This callous action, if true, has unnecessarily
imposed even more pain on those students who would like to move on and
transfer to another educational institution.
Our law firm is dedicated to pursuing legal remedies for all current and former students of MCI, and we cooperate with law enforcement and the media in seeking these aims, and to urge reform of the technical school industry.
We first began investigating Medical Careers Institute in the summer of 2008,
when two former students discovered, contrary to MCI's claims, that
its program did not qualify its graduates for national Registry
examination, even after gaining 800 clinical hours of experience in a
qualified hospital setting.
In our mind, every school has a special relationship to its students which obligates it not to mislead prospective or current students in any way, and to not break the promises it makes.
The Illinois Supreme Court law has called the school-student relationship a fiduciary relationship. We call it doing the right thing.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Students sue owners of closed school by: Robert Mitchum
Students at a Chicago medical technician school that abruptly closed last fall sued the owners of the school today, alleging that the school offered "worthless courses" and shut down without notice.
Medical Careers Institute, formerly located on South Michigan Avenue across from the Art Institute, closed in October 2008. Owners William and Thalia Zane, the parents of actor Billy Zane, founded the school in 1977 and offered training in fields such as echocardiography and sonography.
The school's abrupt closing left dozens of students without diplomas and with non-transferable credits and unrecoverable tuition. Other students who had completed courses at Medical Careers Institute found that the coursework did not qualify them to take certification exams in the field, as the school had claimed.
The class action suit, filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, lists 45 former students at the school as plaintiffs.
One plaintiff, Aimee Lefever of Cortland, told the Chicago Tribune in November that she took out a $7500 loan for an ultrasound technician course she was one month away from completing when the school closed.
"I feel very betrayed," said Lefever, 31, a mother of two. "I was working so hard and spent so much time studying and preparing, and now to not even be able to finish. ... I feel kind of defeated."
The suit alleges that William and Thalia Zane fled to Greece after closing the school in October 2008, and have not returned to Chicago in the months since. The lawsuit asks for more than $3.5 million in damages for consumer fraud, breach of contract, and other offenses.