Owner of La’ James Cosmetology school seeks state lawsuit dismissal

Career College Central Summary:

  • The owner of cosmetology schools in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska is asking a judge to dismiss a consumer fraud lawsuit filed by the Iowa attorney general's office, claiming the allegations are too vague.
  • Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller's office filed a petition on Aug. 28 alleging Cynthia Becher, majority owner of a company that operates La' James International Colleges, and its cosmetology schools violated Iowa's Consumer Fraud Act.
  • Miller alleges the schools failed to adequately staff classrooms with instructors, required students to sell products from La' James' salons and perform janitorial duties, failed to fully inform students of important information and assessed improper charges for students not finishing the program on time.
  • On Oct. 23 Becher's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying it's based on vague allegations.
  • "The current scattershot approach leaves La' James in the untenable position of defending against an amorphous, moveable target without any clarity as to the legal and factual framework at play for the allegedly 'fraudulent' conduct," they wrote.
  • The attorney general's office plans to respond in a court filing next week.
  • "Our office stands by the allegations in the state's lawsuit," said Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for Miller.

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