The Denver branch of Argosy University and its parent company were recently sued by the attorney general of Colorado for allegedly deceiving students who were enrolled in two doctoral programs with the university. According to a report, the lawsuit alleged that Argosy had misled students to believe that the programs in question were accredited, or the university had planned to apply for accreditation by the American Psychological Association.
The programs never received accreditation, and in one case, the university said it was going to apply, but never did. The lawsuit was settled and the university agreed to pay $3.3 million in restitution and fines. Sixty-six students will receive reimbursements for their tuition as part of the settlement.
When a business is sued by the government, they might face a battle to not only protect themselves financially, but also to preserve their reputation. When customers, in this case students, are selecting a business, they look at the reputation of that brand, and a lawsuit can severely tarnish a brand image.
An experienced business law attorney in Colorado understands how important a business's reputation can be and can handle a lawsuit with the most sensitivity. Before accepting any settlement, it might be wise to review the settlement with the help of an attorney. This can ensure the settlement is fair and in the best interest of the business. There are many things to consider before accepting or declining a settlement offer, and an attorney can help weigh the pros and cons of each to help a business make an informed decision.
Source: Denver Business Journal, "Argosy University to pay $3.3M to settle Colorado lawsuit," L. Wayne Hicks, Dec. 5, 2013