Class Action, Big Verdicts

The Legal Intelligencer 12-26-2000

U.S. Courthouse Correspondent

Judge Anita B. Brody approved a $7.3 million settlement in a class action suit against a national chain of schools for ultrasound medical technicians brought by students who said the programs were a “sham” that failed to meet even minimal standards.

In Cullen v. Whitman Medical Corp., Brody said the settlement was “the largest recovery ever obtained against a trade school in a reported class action brought by students.”

In the same opinion, Brody awarded fees of more than $2.3 million to the team of plaintiffs’ lawyers – of Golomb Legal; Howard Langer and Kay E. Sickles of Sandals Langer & Taylor; and Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine Kaplan & Black.

In the suit, the former students of the Ultrasound Diagnostic Schools claimed that they were the victims of a fraud scheme in which school officials misrepresented the nature of the ultrasound program and failed to provide the education represented.