Palm Beach Institute of Technology Lawsuit








 

Court Finds PBIT Liable For Damages


On April 23, 2015, judgment was entered against Palm Beach Institute of Technology, Inc. (“PBIT”) on behalf of the certified Class of former PBIT students. A copy of the judgment can be found here. The Court entered judgment against PBIT in the amount of 100% of the tuition, costs and fees paid by or on behalf of each class member. PBIT was also ordered to pay each class member an amount equal to the amount of interest paid by or on behalf of that member on any loan to finance the tuition and cost of attending PBIT.

It is not yet known whether any funds will be available to satisfy the judgment. For additional information regarding the judgment or how it may affect you, click here to complete a contact form or call 1-877-540-8333
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Lawsuit Against PBIT Certified As Class Action
 

On August 30, 2012, the Honorable Catherine M. Brunson of the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in Palm Beach County, Florida entered an Order certifying this lawsuit against Palm Beach Institute of Technology, Inc. and Victor H. Ortega as a class action. Judge Brunson certified the case as a class action “on behalf of all students told by Palm Beach Institute of Technology, Inc.(‘PBIT’) prior to enrollment that PBIT was seeking accreditation and would attain accreditation prior to the students’ graduation.”

 

The Court also appointed Thomas H. Howlett and Dean M. Googasian of The Googasian Firm, P.C. as lead class counsel, and Drew Lovell, P.A. as local counsel.

 

For additional information on the class certification, click here to complete a contact form or call 1-877-540-8333.

In late December 2011, a class action lawsuit was initiated in Palm Beach County, Florida against the Palm Beach Institute of Technology, Inc. (“PBIT”), seeking damages on behalf of a class of similarly situated current and former students.  If you are a current or former student of PBIT seeking more information about the lawsuit from the law firm pursuing it, please click here to fill out a contact form.

PBIT, which had campuses in West Palm Beach and Fort Myers, was a for-profit school offering diplomas in diagnostic medical sonography and related fields.   The lawsuit alleges that, as early as 2006, members of the class were told prior to their enrollment by PBIT officials that PBIT was in the process of seeking accreditation and that the school would attain accreditation prior to their graduations.  According to the lawsuit, members of the class relied on these representations in deciding to enroll at PBIT.  But, in fact, PBIT did not even seek accreditation until 2011, and its application for accreditation in 2011 was denied, the lawsuit alleges.  Despite assurances that PBIT was in the process of seeking accreditation and would have accreditation prior to their graduations, PBIT has never been accredited and remains unaccredited to this day, resulting in substantial harm to members of the class, according to the lawsuit.

Shortly after the filing of the lawsuit, the Fort Myers branch of PBIT closed. A note was posted on the door of the Fort Myers campus stating in part, “PBIT is now closed for business as of 01/09/2012.”

Counsel for the Plaintiff in the lawsuit are Thomas Howlett and Dean Googasian of The Googasian Firm, P.C., based in Michigan.   These attorneys have served as class counsel to thousands of current and former students of for-profit schools in multiple class actions.  To contact The Googasian Firm about PBIT or any other concern you may have about a for-profit school, you may click here, send an e-mail to pbitlawsuit@googasian.com or call 1-877-540-8333.  Drew Lovell of Law Offices of Drew Lovell, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is serving as co-counsel with The Googasian Firm, P.C. as Counsel to the Plaintiff in the PBIT lawsuit.

For further information about the PBIT lawsuit, you may click here, send an e-mail to pbitlawsuit@googasian.com, or call The Googasian Firm at 1-877-540-8333.