For-Profit Colleges and Consumer Lawsuits

For-Profit colleges have been in the news more often lately. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against a for-profit college for misleading students. In addition to FTC actions, students who were misled may have private rights of action on various statutes that protect individuals against unfair trade practices. For instance, Florida’s Consumer Protection Statute broadly states “Unfair methods of competition, unconscionable acts or practices, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce are hereby declared unlawful.” Section 501.204(1), Florida Statutes. If an individual files suit against a for-profit school and they can prove they were a victim of deceptive acts of practices, they may be entitled to damages, including a return of tuition. If you feel that you may be a victim of unfair or deceptive trade practices, contact an attorney and see what remedies you might have.

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