Judge makes room for class-action lawsuit accusing Capella University of lying to students – Twin Cities
A lawsuit accusing Minneapolis-based Capella University of lying about the time and cost of obtaining a degree is moving forward after a judge carved a narrow path for aggrieved students to sue.
U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright this week dismissed all but three of 45 counts laid out in a complaint last year against the for-profit school.
Carefully parsing Capella’s marketing statements, she found allegations against the school do not add up to “false representations” for eight of the nine plaintiffs named.
The surviving allegations concern a Massachusetts man, Maurice Ornelas, who was enrolled in Capella’s public safety Ph.D. program from 2012 to 2016.
He says a recruiter told him by email that “our typical learner will complete their PhD program in 3 years.”