Globe University sued by former, current students in class action suit
By Riham Feshir / Woodbury Bulletin
Five current and former Globe University students filed a class action lawsuit today against the for-profit school and its affiliated partner Minnesota School of Business.
The students, Melissa Beck, Sarah Beck, Cherida Brom, Reginald Holmes and Alexenderia Romig-Palodichuk, are representing students who attended Globe since 2007, according to court documents filed in Hennepin County District Court.
The lawsuit alleges Globe, which is based out of Woodbury, mislead students about its accreditation standards, job placement rates and transfer opportunities to other institutions.
“Most of the people that we represent have paid Globe tens of thousands of dollars and they are unable to find jobs using their education, unable to transfer their credits,” said Scott Carlson, attorney for Halunen and Associates, the firm representing the students. “Every dollar they paid to Globe was a waste and they ought to get it back.”
The firm also represented former Globe University dean Heidi Weber in a whistleblower suit against the school, where a Washington County jury awarded her $400,000 in damages.
Current and former students began contacting the firm during Weber’s public fight, Carlson said, to discuss their potential legal grievances.
“The students were telling us remarkably similar stories,” he said. “So we decided to investigate a class action on behalf of current and former students.”
The students filing the lawsuit represent a wide range of classmates who attended various campuses and enrolled in different programs at Globe.
Globe University officials were not immediately able to comment on the matter.